Atmosphere to blame for damp; house doctor Peter Fall looks at the problem of damp that won't go away.

Byline: Peter Fall of Clear Building Survey

I AM sure that the damp-proofing companies won't agree with

me, but it seems to us that pretty much all of the houses that were

built without a damp-proof course now have a one fitted.

There are some properties which, despite never having had a

damp-proof course, have never shown signs of rising damp but it's

rare for surveyors to find a house that hasn't had one retro-fitted

in the recent past. That's not to say that we don't find damp

houses, quite the opposite.

We always seem to focus on rising damp probably because it can also

affect the adjacent fl