How can I tell if a property has damp?
I say officially because damp can also be caused by internal factors like a pipe with a slow leak.
If damp is serious you will see it and be able to spot areas on the wall that are brown in colour or where the plaster is crumbling (in technical terms the plaster "has blown") ... and of course it will smell damp
Less serious damp cannot be seen and has to be located using a damp meter..
You might well find damp comes up during your survey not because it exists but because the surveyor thinks it might exist.
I see this a lot with ground floor or lower ground floor flats around bathroom and kitchen areas which are poorly ventilated. They smell damp in those rooms so the surveyor suggests there may be an issue.
The only way to get a definitive answer is to instruct a damp proofing company who have all the equipment needed to know if the damp is coming into the property from outside or below the building or its simply an issue of bad ventilation.
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