Help & advice on prev. work done in 19th cent. house ple

Postby cate200 » Mon Jan 31, 2011 4:30 pm


I'm after some advice really. I know NOTHING about DIY! We live in an old brick house built around 1830. We've been told that apparently it was the normal thing to do to line the floor with bitumen under the flooring to reduce the damp coming up through the floor. Unfortunately it seems to push the damp up through the walls instead. In the past the walls have been injected (these are old walls with no cavity) but the damp just seems to keep coming back (5yrs was the last wall injection and we need more work doing).

My question is: is it necessary to keep getting the walls injected or is it better to put money into removing the bitumen and re-flooring? Or will this not fix the problem in the walls? We have two small children and no money so we want to see what is the best longterm solution financially - we struggle to keep affording the wall injections!!!

Any help & advce would be gratefully received!!!

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Postby welsh brickie » Mon Jan 31, 2011 8:28 pm

to stop the damp coming through the floor you can have ashpalt poured over it.Its laid while hot so its a specialist job.This application is much cheaper than having the floors removed and relaid.Also it only takes a day to install.
Also damp injected walls usually last for 20 years,so if it doesent work its not been done correctly,
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Postby cate200 » Tue Feb 01, 2011 4:23 pm

Thanks for your help - I've called the previous 'injectors' who are coming round to check their previous work!
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