Re: [Czechlist] Re: Sanacni (was TERMS)
- In a message dated 12/12/01 8:30:11 AM, zehrovak@... writes:
>So don't you ever have problems with rising damp over there or ratherWe have rising moisture and moisture-proofing companies. "Damp" is an
>with damp-proofing companies making a packet out of claiming you have
>rising damp? :)
adjective, and it sounds strange to me used as a noun.
- Whatever you call it, Melvyn and Jamie,
houses in your respective countries definitely have problems with it,
despite what that quote of Melvyn says.
And I dont think one needs a surveyor to know, if your plaster and paint are
flaking and falling off the wall, or there's green stuff on it, you've got
the problem, I've got it in places in my house in Prague (1920's).
Newer houses should be well insulated against ground moisture/dampness (?),
but everything's possible in England and America, I saw some very poorly
constructed houses in both countries, not that we don't have them, but at
least we don't pretend that houses will "heat themselves up" by themselves
or from one tiny fireplace downstairs and we generally slap a bit of
insulation wherever it needs to go, that's for new structures...
Old houses (before they had modern bitumen and plastic insulation) sometimes
used slate sheets inserted into the wall above foundations (footings for
M.), but slate breaks as the house moves, and it isn't perfect to start
with, it won't cover the entire wall cross-section at places and has to be
Hapy moisture and damp - free day.
----- Original Message -----
From: melvyn.geo <zehrovak@...>
Sent: Wednesday, December 12, 2001 2:29 PM
Subject: [Czechlist] Re: Sanacni (was TERMS)
> --- In Czechlist@y..., JPKIRCHNER@a... wrote:
> > I can imagine "anti-dampness", but never "anti-damp", unless it's a
> UK thing. Still, anti-moisture would probably be fully acceptable in
> a construction context, because moisture is referred to often in
> regard to plaster, basement walls, etc.
> So don't you ever have problems with rising damp over there or rather
> with damp-proofing companies making a packet out of claiming you have
> rising damp? :)
> Damp Proofing and rising damp treatment.
> Millions are spent every year in the UK "curing" the problem of
> rising damp. But does it even exist?
> "Rising damp" is a very rare phenomenon. So rare that many serious
> construction researchers have never seen it. I have personally
> surveyed over 500 properties throughout the UK which have been
> diagnosed as suffering from rising damp, and I have found in every
> case that the diagnosis was wrong. Mike Parrett of Lewisham Council
> in London (see below) has investigated over 5000 buildings and he has
> never found rising damp either. So what is going on here? How come
> surveyors are finding rising damp where it doesn't exist?
> The answer lies in commercial pressures. The "surveyors" who work for
> damp-proofing companies are actually salesmen. They make their money
> by taking a percentage commission on the damp-proofing work they
> specify. So if you invite a damp-proofing company to inspect your
> home for dampness problems, you should not be surprised if
> they "discover" its existence. That's how they make a living.
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> > So don't you ever have problems with rising damp over there orAccording to my information, Melvyn got a response to his message within 1
> > rather with damp-proofing companies making a packet out of
> > claiming you have rising damp? :)
> We have rising moisture and moisture-proofing companies. "Damp"
> is an adjective, and it sounds strange to me used as a noun.
minute 48 seconds of sending it. That must be a Czechlist record!