Does my wall have damp? (Photos)

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wendyg81

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Hello, I've just had my bathroom walls plastered (two weeks ago) by a professional. All walls have dried out apart from a large patch along the bottom of the wall which refuses to dry out and is quite dark in colour. The wall was wallpapered before, and I never noticed any problems there before but we've only been in house since April. The house is old (1920's) and has uninsulated cavity walls (which we're currently looking into fixing). The bathroom has a large window (above the wet plaster patch) which we open when we're showering. The wall is east facing and doesn't get much light on it, and the weather lately has been a bit damp and cold for June. Does it sound like damp or just plaster taking a long time to dry out? Any advice?

Here are the pictures: http://moralfibres.co.uk/?attachment_id=5901 and http://moralfibres.co.uk/?attachment_id=5900
 

BigK

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Is it a bungalow? It looks dry below one of the patches, could be a multitude of stabs in the dark here
 

radford

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Hard to say really ... are you certain you have cavity walls from the 1920s? Whereabouts in the UK? And like BigK says is it a bungalow?
 

johniosaif

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Looks like a skim over, get a heater on it ,nice and slow heat to dry it out, although it's quite warm at the minute,
 

jet

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Not being picky .......the White ,speed fit pipe to towel heater valves ,would drive me nuts lool
 

Bagrat

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Draw a pencil line around existing damp patch give it a week and if it hasn't dried out any further you have a problem !Id second guess you fell out with your plasterer reason being posting question on here !or to advertise your blog good luck anyway .
 

irish_spread

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Hi, I'm Eddie and I specialise in damp issues. I'm 36, OHAC and van and like animals, especially puppies. Is it damp all the time, even when the heatings on ? Do you like clubbing and do you think it could be condensation ?
Have you got an inconsiderate partner ? That leaves the seat up the bastad ?

I can help x
 

wendyg81

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A sneaky way of promoting your website ..and improving your rankings...why not just post pictures in a normal way ???
Not at all! I'm new to the forum, uploaded the photos in the normal way, but then couldn't access them to add them to my question. Thought it was silly to ask a question without the photos.
 

wendyg81

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Draw a pencil line around existing damp patch give it a week and if it hasn't dried out any further you have a problem !Id second guess you fell out with your plasterer reason being posting question on here !or to advertise your blog good luck anyway .
No, no falling out, I just don't have the plasterer's details as he was organised through our bathroom fitter. Good point about drawing round in pencil. And no ulterior motives - just wanted some advice. Had problems uploading photos but wanted to show scale of problem.
 

wendyg81

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A sneaky way of promoting your website ..and improving your rankings...why not just post pictures in a normal way ???
Not at all. Came here with a genuine query I wanted help with (for the record still have the damp problem). Had problems uploading the photos so did it that way. Apologies if I've broken a rule - new here and needed advice.
 

wendyg81

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Hard to say really ... are you certain you have cavity walls from the 1920s? Whereabouts in the UK? And like BigK says is it a bungalow?
Absolutely certain. Several Neighbours have cavity wall insulation but not us (no drill holes). House definitely 1920s - history of our area is well documented. They were built by mining company to house mining workers. In east Coast of Scotlsnd - it's been warm but wet so not had heating on.
 
It looks like hes used Bonding on an external wall.it should of been sand and cement then skim or the new gypsum dri-coat which I've not used so not sure if it works.
 

CTPlastering

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Yeah fotos of the out side if the wall may help . May show something you havnt noticed . You havnt had new block paving out there or something have you ?
 

radford

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All good advice but difficult to give advice. The best person to ask would be a local builder familiar with your particular housing stock. Perhaps the cavity is full of debris perhaps that portion of the wall is a cold spot for condensation perhaps the window wasn't fitted correctly ... It could be lots of things hope you get it sorted
 

Jgreenplastering

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The wall paper that was on the wall before, was it bubbling/falling off/peeling before you stripped it and was there anything unusual that you noticed at that section prior to plastering?
Did you notice anything at all?
 

wendyg81

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upper wall (doesn't want to rotate, sorry)
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outside wall (backs on to pavement) (not recently paved)
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close up of wall that's behind possible damp patch)
 
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