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I just wondered if anyone has had damp proofing works done on their homes where rain water from outside a property enters the ground floor rooms of a home. Sometimes the work required to cure it is called "Internal Tanking". In the UK they normally charge about £600 per wall that is normally injected with chemical damproof chemicals then the plasterboard is replaced.

 

In my case i have two small walls so the cost should be about £1200. plus the removal of a ground floor bath to get to the other wall about £200. So these works should not be much more than £1400.

 

My case is two small walls No damp proof course in walls Detached House See: http://www.which.co.uk/home-and-garden/home-improvements/guides/dealing-with-damp/how-much-does-it-cost-to-repair-damp/

 

In otherwords £600 X 2 Walls

 

Also look at the prices for various damp proofing works in the UK at various homes and note the extras they receive such as four walls being tanked and the installation of air bricks etc

See: http://www.whatprice.co.uk/prices/building/damp-proofing.html

 

Here on the Isle of Man they want to charge me almost £7000 for two small walls and one is bare the other has only plasterboard on it.

 

Other companies on the Isle of Man are not much better and there is only a few that specialise in this field.

 

I know we live on the Isle of Man and i understand that materials maybe a little dearer, however in my case there is a price difference of almost £5600 compared with the UK.

 

Nowhere on these lists does anyone pay £7000 for two small walls in a home to be damproofed to 1 Metre High.

 

Many people suffer from dampness in their homes and many of these people are elderly or living a lone. Some suffer health problems due to damp and Moulds and often these elderly people end up in Hospital with chest related illnesses. I knew of an old lady where this happened. I wrote to the OFT who have logged this complaint, however there are not enough complaints for them to investigate. I feel that many people do not know about this and we are paying well over the odds. Many people just cannot afford prices like this and it is totally wrong that these companies are charging prices like this, whether we live on an Island or not!

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There's another ten grand then

Your computer's damp.

So you've had a quote or two for £7000 that you think is too much - answer - get a better quote or don't have the work done.   According to some self appointed internet expert this work is much chea

You are a " damp proofing specialist" and I claim my £10.00 finder of spammers fee.

 

 

However if you are not spam... No you're a hypo. people suffer from moulds!! Ffs get a grip we are human we evolved in bloody caves if you have problems with breathing turn the heating off and open a bloody window ... rant rant.

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I wrote to the OFT who have logged this complaint, however there are not enough complaints for them to investigate.

On this island we seem to wait for a crisis before we can be bothered doing anything even if warned.

 

At least the OFT will have yet another 'Horse bolted, stable door now half closed by OFT' type report into the bleedin obvious to put together in 5 years time.

 

Regardless of the topic, 1 serious complaint is enough for things to be looked at, if it saves 10 more people suffering. OFT here need to seriously up their game.

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tanking is a bit OTT unless its for a cellar. Have you checked the surrounding outside ground levels, we had a rising damp problem which was down to the height of the soil on the outside wall of the house which had built up probably over a good few years. bringing the soil level down below the internal floor level cured it.

 

Unless you've got a dpc which has been damaged or has perished I'd look to other solutions before trying to tank the property, such as sorting the gutters/external drains and ground levels.

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Ffs get a grip we are human we evolved in bloody caves if you have problems with breathing turn the heating off and open a bloody window ... rant rant.

 

The average life expentancy was also very poor, the average life expentancy now is growing all the time!

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tanking is a bit OTT unless its for a cellar. Have you checked the surrounding outside ground levels, we had a rising damp problem which was down to the height of the soil on the outside wall of the house which had built up probably over a good few years. bringing the soil level down below the internal floor level cured it.

 

Unless you've got a dpc which has been damaged or has perished I'd look to other solutions before trying to tank the property, such as sorting the gutters/external drains and ground levels.

 

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Brightspark,

A little bit of knowledge is a dangerous thing. You have two methods for different problems mixed up. My advice is to engage a surveyor/architect to inspect the problem and to a prepare a report for any remedial work which is required for which you can then get competitive quotes to solve the problems.

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My advice is to engage a surveyor/architect to inspect the problem and to a prepare a report for any remedial work which is required for which you can then get competitive quotes to solve the problems.

There's another ten grand then

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My advice is to engage a surveyor/architect to inspect the problem and to a prepare a report for any remedial work which is required for which you can then get competitive quotes to solve the problems.

There's another ten grand then

 

I would venture to suggest that it is imperative to establish the cause of the dampness (rising/penetrating/condensation) and the construction of the property (stone/lime mortar ,impervious brick solid or cavity construction etc) as what may be effective for one would be a waste of time/money for another .

The local Environmental Health Inspector may give you a bit of free advice as were the property rented he/she would have powers to require the owner to remedy the dampness . As an EHO I saw no problem with offering advice to owner occupiers.

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The house is built of Manx Stone and the living room is adjoined to the Ground floor Bathroom. The source of the damp is technically below ground by about 1 Metre as outside there is a concrete drive. I replaced two windows in April 2011 above the affected area level level the driveway and the dampness reduced. The tradesmen showed me that water was entering via the window frames. However it is not totally cured. I still get dampness in the living room corner and under the bath. I frequently run a dehumififier and have even used a hairdryer in combination with the Dehumidifier in both rooms to remove the damp. I do open windows when cooking and run the dehumidifier to eliminate normal moistures. The point is that these damp proofing companies are overcharging. My walls total together 7 Metres and even allowing an extra 2 Metres for tanking either end of these walls that equates to 9 Metres. Many firms in the UK quote £130 per M Square including Materials and Labour and this does not come to £7000 it comes to 9 X £130 = £1170 (I should be paying between this and Maybe £1400. Not just under £7000. A person in Peel paid £8000 for similar works to myself and the dampness now comes out elsewhere in the building. Not only are be being overcharged by about five times that of the UK - There is a lot of evidence that these treatments do not work. See: http://www.heritage-house.org/damp.html

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