As the name suggests, rising damp starts at the bottom of an internal wall and then moves upwards, this is due to capillary action. Porous bricks, mortar and cement in the ground floor and internal wall absorb water and suck it upwards, like a straw. The internal wall becomes permanently moist, encouraging the growth of mould and even damaging structures.
While damp proof courses (DPC) prevent water from being drawn up by the brick work stopping rising damp, they can become damaged over time, making a rising damp problem more likely in an older property as the older the DPC the more likely it can fail.
You can also identify rising damp in properties where the ground level has been changed; for example with the installation of a new driveway or path which then ‘breaches’ the DPC and moisture has a pathway over.
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