What does 'Rising Damp' mean when buying a property?
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Rising damp is a cause for concern on a modern property (less then 50 years old) as the technology existed to avoid this when they were built. However it is common in period properties and in ground or lower ground flats in period conversions.
The surveyor may flag up the possibility that a property has damp during their inspection but as the surveyor is not a damp treatment company they should not suggest a cost.
They may however place a retention on their valuation until a specialist looks at the damp - this is a way of saying I won't value this property at the full price you paid for it but at £10,000 less until an appropriate specialist inspects the issue.
This does not mean the surveyor believes there is £10,000 worth of damp work, they have just picked a large nominal figure until the situation can be clarified.
Not that it is completely possible for there to be rising damp in a property but for a specialist to recommend you do nothing about it. If the damp is coming up through the bottom of the property and evaporating harmlessly without damaging anything (such as flooring or plastered walls) it can be a good idea to leave it alone.
Damp proofing in these circumstances can actually make the situation worse by trapping the damp in one place so it pops out more intensely somewhere else.
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