Rising damp is a specific ground floor condition manifesting itself˙on outside walls (although it can also affect some interior walls)˙starting at the skirting boards and˙rising up to no more than˙1 metre˙above the floor level. It also has a tendency to peak at the corners of the wall.
Condensation on the other hand can arise anywhere in the property where the right atmospheric conditions prevail dependent on˙temperature, humidity and insulation.
The tricky problem however is deciding between rising damp and condensation as the cause of ground floor wall dampness˙and, sadly, rising damp is incorrectly diagnosed all too often. This is where the skills of a trained and qualified (CSRT) surveyor are˙needed because the two conditions have very different moisture profiles.
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