Your property should be fitted with a damp proof course (DPC) which stops rising damp.
Rising damp is a result of ground water breaching your damp proofing course and rising up through the buildings bricks and mortar. This is known as capillary action.
Rising Damp can occur where a DPC has been fitted in the wall and caused by "bridging" or the breakdown of your damp-proof course that is otherwise working effectively.
If left untreated, rising damp
can cause extreme damage to the structure of your property. The cost of damp-proofing will be small in comparison to repairing your home interior and exterior fabric that you may have to replace. Rising damp has the ability to destroy decoration, plastering, and can cause rot to the timber within your home.
For example, a raised flower bed against a wall might result in soil being piled up above the level of the DPC. In this example, moisture from the ground would bridge the DPC and could rise up the wall from the soil.
Such a damp problem could be rectified by simply lowering the flower bed to below DPC level. Many damp proof courses are deteriorating due to age and failures to the DPC can happen at any point along the wall.
Has your home already been damp-proofed? In some cases, damp can be caused when a damp barrier becomes damaged or has not been installed properly and this is not uncommon. A member of our team will also look at other factors that may be causing the problem. Our team have years of experience working in property care and will look at factors such as leaking gutters, downpipes, and condensation