about 2 years ago we had out kitchen gutted and re-fitted......we left the guys to get on with it whilst we were in australia and told them we suspected damp on the one outside wall (victorian terrace built in 1894). we asked them to call us if there was an issue......when we got back, all was painted and finished, so we assumed no issue. :D ....then the paint started peeling and bubbling off the walls.....
We had 2 companies come out to look at it who both said we had penetrating damp in the wall (dpc in place). One company wanted to remove the kitchen, take off the plaster, fit a sheet, replaster and re-fit kitchen....the second guy who came said he had seen this before in Victorian houses as they used cheap brick on the lower level walls and we could solve it by applying a sealant to the outside of the wall and letting the bricks dry out......then re-paint.
It has been 'left' for nearly a year now - I cannot get the guys to come back and do a damp check as they are always too busy. So, my questions are:
1. Have we done the right thing so far?
2. How can I get someone to come and check the damp level without incurring a call out charge .......?
3. Who could confirm if I am safe to re-skim and paint the walls and finally finish my kitchen?