PLEASE HELP !! i live in a 1930's semi with a three sided front bay window. i've recently noticed a damp patch (ABOUT THE SIZE OF MY HAND) in one of the corners just above the skirting, & a couple of smaller ones above that. the outside brickwork is dry. in between me & the adjoining neighbour there is a climbing plant that goes to the top of the house. the level of the soil area that it springs from, is halfway up the course below the dpc. this course has an air brick in it and i have noticed an empty perp joint. is it just a case of reducing the soil level & pointing up the joint, or do my problems run deeper. also, what do i do to remedy the damp patches inside
In the first instance I would suggest lowering the ground levels around the bay window. Being a 1930's house, the walls I'd have though are cavity. It is possible that there is muck in the base of the cavity allowing a bridge across the cavity to occur. First things first, lower the ground levels and leave it for a while to see how you get on. The vast vast majority of damp issues can be dealt with using basic meants. Expensive damp remedial works are seldom necessary and can create wider spread issues. Best get to the route of the problem, rather than simply treat the symptom!
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