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Cracking paint

Discussion in 'Repairs & Maintenance' started by monty, 14th Dec, 2015.

  1. monty

    monty Well-Known Member

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    Hi,

    About 18 months ago I had an old property renovated including spending several grand on painting inside and out. There is now some paint cracking inside. I sent a photo of this to the painter and he says it's rising damp. I'm not convinced it is rising damp as I would have expected more of a blistering effect but I am no expert so maybe he is right about that. None the less the painter guaranteed the work for 7 years. Is this something I should be pushing him to repair under the guarantee?

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  2. WattleIdo

    WattleIdo renovating Premium Member

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    I've seen rising damp. I have rising damp in the house I'm renovating and the house I'm living in. It could be rising damp. However, it doesn't look like either of rising damps I'm familiar with.
    It looks like a pretty average paint job and the skirting is no great shakes either.
    He (I assume) could be right but why didn't he bring it to your attention at the time?
    I guess you're going to have to look into it. Is it near a bathroom?
     
  3. bob shovel

    bob shovel Well-Known Member

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    Looks like the old paint under lifting off. Rising damp gets him out of coming back ;)
    He may have been a little slack with the prep
     
  4. dabbler

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    Well, it is low down, and that is where rising damp will show itself.

    At the end of the day, seems like your going to argue with this guy, if it is rising, damp he is right but probably should have advised it was going to be a problem, if it is his poor work, do you want someone who does not do work properly to fix something ?

    As I say, being a landlord is not easy....
     
  5. Scott No Mates

    Scott No Mates Well-Known Member

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    If you're keen to prove it's not rising damp, hire/buy a moisture meter and test the wall.

    Personally I wouldn't rule out rising damp. Where is the dampcourse?
     
  6. rhinsor

    rhinsor Well-Known Member

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    What's on the other side of that wall?