36 thoughts on “The Damp Industry Con

  1. Damp guys in Australia quoted me $3800. It just didn't seem right to me. I did some of my own investigating and sure enough the damp issue was being caused by a split in the bathroom sink waste water pipe. Water was pouring into the double brick cavity and running out the brick vent. Damp people told me it was rising damp and wanted to apply a special coating. Rather, I fixed the problem with a section of PVC pipe and some glue, $50 all up.

  2. Please can you advise me on best way to deal with what looks like a damp problem? I don't know where to start? I have bought a small ex-miners cottage which has not been maintained for over 40 years. There is an appearance of damp to the right of the fireplace wall and continuing along from there there are signs of powdery crumbling cement on the base of the walls under and just above the skirting boards. I suspect that when the fireplace has been blocked in by installing the old type gas back boiler system which supplies a copper boiler. no thought would have been given to rain coming down the chimney and then pooling and soaking through the brick work. I am going to have the old boiler system removed and the fireplace opened again. What should be my next step? I would be most grateful for your guidance. Carol

  3. Hi Peter! Your videos regarding damp in houses are very educational and makes us aware of it. I just wonder if you have a contact number to call regarding damp on my house too.

  4. Absolutely agree with this video. A friend of mine has hacked off plasterwork on all of his walls despite the fact that most of them showed no signs of any damp whatsover. He is not a practical person and so wanted my opinion. As i have said some of the walls were "damp" but i think that they told him that he needed them all doing as it made for a bigger and therefore more profitable job for them. Ps all of the outside walls had all previously been damp proof injected so that hadnt worked anyway.

  5. I have been told I got isolated rising damp. this is a isolated corner where the bathroom was. part of the wall where it's affected is cold. is this rising damp?

  6. Any reputable surveyor would check to see if there was a condensation issue first, easily done by scraping away the surface of the plaster, and if the plaster below is dry then generally you have a condensation issue……I've done many speedy moisture tests to both confirm the presence of rising damp and prove the issue is condensation related.. not all surveyors are out to con people….

  7. I have just been told by a well known company that I too have rising damp and need to have the chemical injections to the outside and 1 metre of plaster removed and replaced on most walls inside, this is undoubtedly going to cause a lot of expense and upset, I really need a second opinion asap but I am unsure of who to ask, I need someone who will diagnose correctly and not just be out to make money from us poor folk, any advice on how to find someone trustworthy? also when it states a free survey on many of the damp specialist websites, is it really totally free? really new to all this so any help would be greatly appreciated.

  8. What can one say?.. Hat's off for exposing this travesty. But where's the law in all of this, these people who are conning the public should be held to account.

  9. Thanks for this video. Although it is not "proof", it is a very helpful alternative to absolute faith in the meters used to "show" that damp is a big problem. Reading through other comments (especially Damp Survey Northwest) have helped as well.

  10. Maybe he was a one-off but we had Rod Smith who covers Lincolnshire for Peter Cox Ltd and he told us about the damp meter trick and drilled into dry brick for us as well. It was just a condensation problem which was what we suspected.

    So they're not all bad, just 89% of them!

  11. My dad was adamant damp wasn't the issue in my house. I got a few quotes from damp proofing experts and they were all around £1200 to £1400.

    Looking at this video shows me exactly the same issue I have in my house, and it looks like you've just saved me a lot of money! Keep up the good work!

    Adam

  12. Recently bought a house in Sheffield and had to get Timberwise in to do a damp proof survey (required by bank to get mortgage). I initially thought one wall needed a DPC, but their report said ALL the walls on the ground floor needed doing! Homebuyer report by the bank also stated high damp meter readings in the chimney breasts (suggested leaking flashing around chimney breasts on the roof). The quote was around £4k from Timberwise. I then consulted a mate who works in real estate and he recommended a local guy who does independent damp surveys, but not the damp proofing work (i.e. no vested interest in getting more £ out of the customer). His survey said the following: 2 sections of wall in dining room and offshot kitchen in need of remedial DPC cream (have now bought a decent drill and will do this myself), "damp" in chimney breasts is actually sulphur/salt staining coming through – solution is to take plaster off around affected areas back to the brick, treat with salt neutraliser, tanking slurry, then cover with Thistle Dri-Coat and finish off with multipurpose plaster. I also plan to do this myself, but will need to get a plasterer in to make it look nice afterwards! Great video here Peter. Goes to show my experience is not an isolated incident. Luckily I have now saved about £3k by not putting in an totally unnecessary DPC.

  13. Peter, please could you tell me if there are any honest damp specialists in East London area. I just want to get sorted and pay the price, as opposed to paying for the bull*^#t. Thank you

  14. Peter, where would you get rising damp, as an Australian pest controller, I haven't come across it… or even looked for it.. as what you are doing makes more sense, we always look at the condensation first
    I haven't inspected many properties along the coastal areas.. would you find rising damp in say an old style yacht clubhouse? and is it found in only brick wall premises?

  15. I can't believe what I'm seeing (but I can, actually).

    I've been told that my walls are damp and yes, those pronged machines "proved" the point. Sooooo, thank you for highlighting this issue/concern about what we, the concerned householders, are talked into believing!

  16. Brilliant video thank you for showing us, i alot of damp in one property and some in another and i'am about to deal with it by changing my gutters and using mould spray so i hope this works. This video is really useful information to know so you don't get conned. Thank you keep up the good work. 

  17. Peter I need some advice. I am currently under the process of selling my property. Now the buyer's surveyor came round and poked the walls with the wood moisture tool. Tells me I've got a damp problem. So I got a damp proofing company to come round and they tell me the same thing.
    Now I can't seem to find a company that uses the carbide kit for true testing of dampness. Any chance you point me in right direction. Or even better for you to make a visit?

  18. Peter, please can you help us! Our house is very damp and we have had most of the damp proofing 'solutions' done on the property – Injection DPC, Painted exterior walls, Waterproof concrete render inside in ground floor rooms, unused chimneys capped off (not sure if that's bad or not), underfloor spray foam insulation in living room (which seems okay actually, there is still ventilation below the foam layer), spray foam insulation on the eaves in the loft, roll insulation in the loft boards.
    i would love you to come and examine our house, i think the 'damp' is off the scale!
    My plan is to rectify all this carnage starting with extractor fans in the kitchen and bathroom (i am wondering about one in every room, surely there are ones with timers so you can time them to come on when you're not in (noise))!.
    Get the bloody paint off the exterior walls.
    We've already got 2 dehumidifiers.
    Question: Do we have to get the concrete render off the downstairs interior walls? there doesn't seem to be any problems at the moment but it was only completed 6 months ago.
    We have a patch of damp in a circle behind a no-longer-used chimney back, i have removed the pointing and re-pointed and then re-painted (so as to match the rest of the house) all to no avail, the patch of damp is still there.
    If we lean anything against the inside of an upstairs exterior wall for any protracted length of time (say 6 weeks) there will be a black 'mould' mark to the exact shape of the item!
    Since we have lived here we seem to get every ailment going, our neighbour has been hospitalized twice due to breathing difficulties and the doctors couldn't find ANY cause. My wife and i always seem to have minor chest infections (we are normally very fit).
    Could you please give us the benefit of your advice and please keep up the good work.
    It's time the government looked into this seeing as they already know about the potential scams being perpetrated throughout the land and set up a recompense insurance scheme.

  19. 20% moisture contents good to burn for firewood.
    great videos by the way.
    got a mate with a house (1930's) that got damp.
    the outsides covered in cement render.
    could this be trapping moisture?

  20. Hi Peter so when all houses are built from scratch and have a damp course installed as per building regulations are you saying this doesn't need to happen, i know that bricks are porous and do become damp if left on the ground without a sheet of plastic put down first, it therefore make sense to assume that an old property will degrade and damp can be absorbed through porous building materials, what is your solution to damp walls if i want to redecorate and as we know paint manufactures advice is that the surface to be painted should be dry and free from loose paint or plaster, i look forward to your reply.
    Rodney

  21. Peter I'm thinking of doing up my grannies old house but it has always suffered from damp, their is actually mould growing in it since she died last year. Is their anything I can do if their isn't a dampcourse in it? I thinking the concrete floor has no waterproof. Membrane. It's a brick house with no cavity. The plaster is coming of the walls even upstairs and the bricks feel damp to the touch. It's definitely not condensation as all the Windows are left open. Any advice or tips would be greatly appreciated.

  22. Hi Peter

    Great videos. I have a question about the speedy meter.

    Does the heat of drill bit effect the water content of the sample. Also atmospheric moisture, or lack of?

    Thanks Ben

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