Where to start on a damp cellar or basement?
Most old original cellars are damp. Some flood occasionally, some flood regularly and some have never flooded at all. If you wish to convert the area to a living space you will hugely benefit from the advice of a CSSW qualified surveyor. When determining options that are available it is paramount that BS 8102 – Code of Practice for Protection of Structures Against Water from the Ground, is taken into consideration. This should be adhered to when converting basements into living space, and also includes the installation of adequate ventilation. We can arrange for a qualified surveyor to complete an inspection free of charge to discuss the solutions available to you.
Dry rot and wet rot can affect buildings of all ages, and if decay is discovered it should be identified and remedial action should be taken without delay. Fungal decay occurs in timber which becomes wet for some time and is the result of the attack by one of a number of wood-destroying fungi.
It is very important that the type and cause of the fungal decay are correctly identified before any corrective action can be considered. It is for these reasons that it is important that a detailed diagnostic inspection is carried out by a competent specialist.