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I think my house is damp :(

Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
I have moved house and I was the one that found it for me and all my housemates. I knew things to look out for, like damp, things not working and we wanted double glazing. I thought I got i all right. I viewed the property and it was perfect.

The day we moved in, the house has a horrible smell. We todl the estate agents and we're due to hear from then Monday.


The smell comes and goes, when no one is home it smells awful. The smell goes when people are home and about and actice.

Would the smell be up to the estate agents to sort out.

Sorry if this should be anywhere else but can anyone offer advice?

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    Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Spray some air freshner, check for bodies, etc :p
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    Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    false alarm i shut my legs it went!


    ;)
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    Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    If it is damp, then it's the landlords problem to sort out. Has the place been decorated recently? I'm thinking they might just have slapped a coat of paint or wallpapered over any damp patches. The damp will soon soak through the wallpaper or appear on top the paint though.

    Those plug in things are good in the meantime though :)
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    Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    and since moving in i've ear infections, headaches, flu and so have all my house mates but it could be irrelivent
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    Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    If it is damp, then it's the landlords problem to sort out. Has the place been decorated recently? I'm thinking they might just have slapped a coat of paint or wallpapered over any damp patches. The damp will soon soak through the wallpaper or appear on top the paint though.

    Those plug in things are good in the meantime though :)
    one room the plaster is crumbling but has wall paper over it. eek!
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    JsTJsT Posts: 18,268 Skive's The Limit
    Sounds like damp to me.
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    Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    :crying:
    i want to move but its so stressful moving
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    Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    My house has damp problems (I don't actually live there now it got so bad, living in halls and still paying my rent!). My pillows went green with mould, my housemate got bronchitis, and the landlord said it was our fault as it was just condensation. CONDENSATION DOES NOT CAUSE PAINT TO FALL OFF WALLS AND ALLOW 1/2cm LONG MOULD GROWTHS TO DEVELOP! We had both rising and penetrating damp, and as I said it got so bad I moved out.

    However, I do have environmental health going round next week, so hopefully I can get out of this contract.
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    Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    leave a couple of upstairs windows open and all interior doors.
    if you can ...leave windows open 24/7.
    how long was the house empty for?
    it may well just be musty ...needs a good airing.
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    Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    a mate of mine bought a house and rented it out ...three or four months later his tenents were complaing about a damp smell.
    he checked and double checked and could find nothing.
    no smell while occupied ...but would return within hours if the house was empty.
    on someones advice he took a dog into the house and let it wander around.
    the dog kept sniffing at the floor of a downstairs room.
    pulled a couple of floorboards up and found old stripped wallpaper and lumps of plaster had been swept under them and covered.
    the paper was rotting.
    problem solved.
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    Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    It's probabaly the same thing the way a fridge smells when it's not been used for ages.

    Like said .. open all the doors and windows and let it dry off and air out!!!

    is there mould growing anywhere? That could make you feel sick
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    Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    there's no mould just a damp patch with crumbling plaste in one bedroom.
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    Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    VinylVicky wrote:
    there's no mould just a damp patch with crumbling plaste in one bedroom.
    if it's crumbling it's dry.
    if it's atthe top of the wall you probably have a leaky or blocked gutter.
    if it's at the bottom of the wall in an upstairs room ...it could be from an old radiator leak.
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    Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    are your feet wet?
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    Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    You might have a ghost. ;o
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    Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
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    Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    In the short-term, a dehumidifyer could help a bit. My old house at uni was damp, and it helped get rid of the smell until the landlord finally got it treated.
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    Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Mizz_pink wrote:
    In the short-term, a dehumidifyer could help a bit. My old house at uni was damp, and it helped get rid of the smell until the landlord finally got it treated.

    Oh my god!!!! Is your av from dragon half????????? :hyper:
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    Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Haha...I have no idea. Could be! Just found it and liked it...
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    Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Mizz_pink wrote:
    Haha...I have no idea. Could be! Just found it and liked it...

    I'm sure it is! That programme fucking rocks. No one has seen it except me and my sister though :(

    It's so funny!
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    Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Yeah, just did a search, think it could be. I'll have to keep a lookout for it!
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    Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    if it's crumbling it's dry.
    if it's atthe top of the wall you probably have a leaky or blocked gutter.
    if it's at the bottom of the wall in an upstairs room ...it could be from an old radiator leak.
    nice one, think it could be the gutter
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    Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    VinylVicky wrote:
    nice one, think it could be the gutter


    Could be a blocked drain, as the smell can often make it's way up the pipes!!

    They were showing a house with mould on TV today (Extreme Makeover : Home Edition) and said the mould in that particular house was so toxic they needed men in hazmat suits to clean it up.
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    Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Could be a blocked drain, as the smell can often make it's way up the pipes!!

    They were showing a house with mould on TV today (Extreme Makeover : Home Edition) and said the mould in that particular house was so toxic they needed men in hazmat suits to clean it up.
    very true DG.
    going back to my gutter ...the whole downspout could be backed up ...this would cause smaell and damp.
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