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  • Refurbish/Develop

    Salt contaminated plaster - strip it off?

    You should go back to the indpendent surveyor and let him know that he hasn't completed his survey correctly. Mind you it will depend on the wording of your instruction?

    It's always worth contacting the PCA. Oven tests and carbide meter tests attract a larger fee but the subsequent written evidence will save thousands and aggravation. The fees for such an investigation can range from £450 plus vat. In my opinion it is much better to engage a contractor rather than an independent surveyor who will not necessarily possess the experience which a contractor achieves on a day to day basis

    Where are you based?

    Malcolm Thornton

    https://www.protenservices.co.uk

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    Hi Malcolm, the house is in Barnsley. 

    Are you local to the area?

    Thanks!

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    If DPC bridged by soil levels outside and solid walls then a damp issue is not unusual.  Salt contamination can occur from long term damp and salt contaminated plaster does require removal.  This video explains it well:
    https://youtu.be/REGLbGV4ohM?t=8m7s

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    http://www.smartbuild.uk.com | Structural Engineer