Rising damp is due to capillary flow of water from the ground where a damp proof course is not present or is defective. The damp zone will extend to different heights above the skirting boards depending on the pore size of the material the wall has been built from.

You may notice that you have rising damp if you have decayed skirting boards, crumbling or salt stained plaster, discolouration of internal decorations or decayed timber floors.

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