What does 'Penetrating damp' mean when buying a property?
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This is when damp is coming in through the walls rather than rising from the ground floor (rising damp).
Common places to find penetrating damp are around windows and doors where the seal between the brickwork and the frame is no longer sound.
Penetrating damp should be treated as soon as possible to ensure it does not get worse and because the areas suffering the damp (like internal plaster) will eventually break up or rot.
If penetrating damp has come up on your survey or pre-property checks then the actual costs of resolving the issue need to be obtained from a specialist company. The surveyor should not suggest costs as they are not a damp resolution company.
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