I live in a Victorian end if terrace house. I have a gas fire fitted in a Victorian style fire surround. The concrete floor and tiled hearth are raising and breaking up. I think this is due to damp. Not sure if I have a damp problem. I would like to know the cause of this and then for it to be remedied and the fire base made good. Would this be a nuder or do expert please?
This is quite a common problem in Victorian properties. It is quite common for the hearth to have no damp protection at all. The cure is fairly straight forward and will mostly involve removal and replacement incorporating dampness protection. It is probably wise to employ the services of a damp proofing company to deal with this item as the floor timbers in contact with the damp area may have been affected by decay/insect attack, and will require localized treatment.
Peter Barber CSSW.,CRDS.
London Waterproofing Solutions.