Damp Problem - Help Please

14 May 2011
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West Midlands
United Kingdom
We bought our house just over a year ago, it needed a lot of work, and part of that was down to damp. We had it all done before anything else and everything seemed hunky dory. The chap did say that the one kitchen wall couldn't be checked because it was covered in plasterboard but it seemed fine.

A few weeks later, we were having the kitchen gutted and the builder showed us that there was damp behind that plasterboard. However, he said that it was probably down to how long the property had been left unoccupied and that with us living there during the summer and having the heating on in the winter, it should dry out. So we ploughed ahead with getting the kitchen plastered, floored and then the kitchen units being installed.

After a few months the damp started to show through the new plaster, and so I removed the skirting boards to allow it to breathe and hopefully dry out. A year on though and it's still there. I've wiped it off but it eventually comes back.

As mentioned, all the kitchen units are in, tiling done, works tops the lot, so to get it damp proofed in the usual method off taking off the plaster, injecting the treatment and then putting new plaster on aren't really do-able. Is there any other (DIY) way of treating damp without taking everything out?
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