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Rising Damp...

Greg James | 11:13 UK time, Friday, 6 February 2009

Bad news readers.  I have rising damp in my flat. As I type, there are workmen ripping up the cheap flooring in my flat because over the weeks, there has been damp crawling up the walls.

This is my bedroom wall:


Awful!  So, they've realised that the water is leaking from somewhere and going under the floor which is why my flat has been smelling like a mouldy sponge for a few weeks.  About half an hour ago, this was found underneath the floor:


The areas of black you can see are wet bits.  And by wet, I mean soaking.  This isn't the best news really.  The only good thing is that it makes for interesting blog posts - but that isn't much consolation.  The workmen are now sitting around scratching their heads not quite sure what to do next.  I don't know what to do either.  I'm sitting here in my room with the most disgusting wet dog smell wafting round the flat.  

The floor has now been dug up.  Oh dear:


Anyway, best not to dwell on these things.  I think it's a good idea to get the hell out of here for the weekend so that's what I'll do - off to see my girlfriend which will be nice as I haven't seen her in about a month.  

I don't have much luck with flats really.  New listeners/readers won't be aware of this little episode from my previous place.  It pales in comparison with the new problem.

Going back into Radio 1 this afternoon to interview Tim Vine - a very funny bloke - which I'm looking forward to a lot.

Got a message from Zoe Salmon (see, it wasn't an awkward meeting!) seeing if I could go along to watch Dancing On Ice this Sunday.  Unfortunately I can't this week but will do next week - hopefully she's still in!  

Have a good weekend, wrap up warm and if anyone has a spare room, please get in touch.


  • Comment number 1.

    Greg. I feel your pain. This has happened twice to me. The first time there was three of us living in this flat, which over time affectionately became known as the 'bunker' Before we moved in they treated the flat for rising damp and mold (not really the greatest sign, but we were running out of options) and over time it came back quite severely in my room. So I wrote to the rental company asking them to treat it and the rep wrote back (and I still have this email) claiming that damp was a 'lifestyle issue' and advised me to leave the window open at all times. So I wrote back and asked him whether he advised that what with living on a ground floor flat and us all having a 9-5 job it would be worth my while creating a neon sign to place outside with the words 'rob me' flashing intermittedly throughout the day. They treated it again, but the whole experience was beyond awful.

    Then I moved into another place, really nice house, four great people I didnt know before moving in and the rent was AMAZING. I never met the landlord, all I know of him is that he lived in Bradford and I paid him £270 a month. Anyway, I learnt with time that I think the reason it was so cheap was because he figured the less he charge the less we would hassle him when things broke or went wrong. Needless to say I came home one day to find the radiator had leaked all the way under my carpet (the smell was horrendous) and when I went downstairs to call for a plumber, one of my housemates sloped out of the kitchen and was like, 'Do you think this is bad?' and pointed to one of the light sockets (which was on) with all this water gushing down it and I was like 'Yeah, not really the best is it'

  • Comment number 2.

    Oh dear oh dear Greg. Thats the last thing you want to find on your weekend off. How will your landlord try to make it up to you this time? Good luck finding alternative living arrangements, as someone said on twitter you could always ask Zoe Salmon. Although your Mrs probably wouldn't be best pleased with that.

    Always look on the bright side of life, do do - do do - do do - do do - do do do.

    Much Love

  • Comment number 3.

    I would say that things could be worse, but I don't have an apropraite example.

    Try to enjoy what you can of your weekend!

  • Comment number 4.

    Yeah i had a similar ting happen to me, well by similar i mean i tried to fix a loose nut on the water pipe for the toilet flush.

    It was all going so well until i tightened the nut with the spanner . . . you can guess the rest.

    4 months of hell later my house looked normal again i had to have a new kitchen re plastered walls all the downstairs ceilings re plastered new floor. Never again i'll pick the phone up next time before i try and do it myself.

    Let the pros sort it out and not the ones on the street corner lawl !

    Anyway back to you and your show another top one today dude, maybe a little more guitar music is needed but thats me being choosy.

  • Comment number 5.

    I have just noticed i can not spell !

  • Comment number 6.

    Why does everything bad happen to You,

    First the heart (you haven’t updated us)

    how is your Heart doing?

    Now this.... The world is so cruel!!!

    Sarah XD in Luton

    Love listening to you in the morning!
    Youuu Roccck

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