Hoping for some advice. I have an Alley way which my neighbours say is causing
damp along their wall. They believe it is being caused by the alley way having
only a dirt floor and not concrete. My wall facing the alley way has been fine.
I do not have any signs of damp or smells of damp. Is there likely to be any
truth in this and will a concrete floor be better than the existing dirt?
Any advice would be appreciated.
Does your wall along the alleyway receive sunlight while theirs is
perpetually in the shade? That would make a big difference.
I would cover the alleyway mud with a fairly thick plastic (like 10 mil)
(meaning 10 thousandths of an inch thick) and see if that changes
Most likely thing is a defect in their house construction.
American houses are very poorly constructed.
Is there any possibility that dirt has washed in so raising the ground level
which could affect things dampwise?
Also who owns the alley?
How long has the problem existed for?
Do puddles of water lie there when there is heavy rain?
Concreting it is not likely to be a complete solution and may not help at
all depending on the exact problem.
Water does not soak into concrete very well. I would think it would
cause more flooding than the current dirt 'floor'.
It is apparently caused by the slope of the alleyway (down from your
side). Maybe you can fix that by sloping the dirt towards the center of
the alleyway from both sides.
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