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Damp from Blocked Drain?

Discussion in 'Building' started by garash, 17 Feb 2019.

  1. garash

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    I want to purchase a Lease on a property which is a ground floor flat but when I viewed it I noticed wallpaper had peeled in the bottom corner up to about 18 inches and there was black (dry) residue on the paper. The property has been empty for about a year now. Immediately outside this area there is a downpipe from the guttering and it is going into the drain and is not broken. My question is: could it be a collapsed or blocked drain that would cause this or worse scenario it’s the DPC which has breached?
     
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  3. blup

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    Really not possible to be definitive, especially from a description.

    You could informally ask through the agents, the freeholder of the block should also have records of work done, there might be a history.

    My guess, as a DIYER, is penetrating damp from the down pipe/top gutter which has saturated the wall at the base over the years. Could equally be from a blocked drain, or a both. You should be able to identify the dpc relative to the ground and that could also give a clue as to the source

    Bear in mind what you are looking at, might be after it's been "repaired".

    Blup
     
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