Ongoing saga of Big Sister's new house...
She moved in some 6 months ago with a retention on the mortgage over
damp in the walls of the house (a rather old property). The house at the
time had been vacant for a number of years
Since moving in the feeling of dampness in the house has diminished,
particularly over winter as the heating kicked in, and I presume as
there was an amount of air flow in the now inhabited house.
There's one area outside the front of the house, north facing, where the
soil border has been raised higher than the DP layer, against the
brickwork. Obvious solution here is to dig that away to remove any cause
of dampness from the soil, but until she gets the dampness diagnosed she
wants to leave that in place so that whoever inspects the property can /
could say "aha, that's the problem, remove that and in 6 months the damp
She wants to establish whether there is truely a problem with damp in
the property. Funnily enough, she's somewhat concerned that, e.g. a
damp-proofing company, would have it in their mind to shove a damp meter
into the wall next to the DP layer breach and demand to solve the whole
problem by DP injection into the whole house, whether it is needed or not.
So to the question: What body of people would be the most appropriate to
diagnose dampness problems, other than those with a product to sell. Are
we talking surveyors, any form of professional engineer (not civil
engineer, as I understand those to be involved in public works, but
something similar?) or any other professional body?
Thanks, in advance