Dampness coming up into internal area

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In this property we moved into 2 yrs ago we have two large brick built cupboards leading off the Kitchen. The DPC around this building is showing at one brick high and has been repaired/cemented in the past (by others, not us) which to me indicates the problem has been ongoing. On some parts you can see where they have cemented where the DPC is/should be.In wet weather the floor and wall inside have been getting damp/wet. Our Black 'wooden' flooring panels have now lost the top layer of material. Should we dig out the cement filling along the DPC and renew? or could the water/damp that's coming in, be travelling upwards from below the DPC level ? When we moved in the area by this wall section was just plain dirt/mud so we have laid flag stones and use the area as storage for outdoor furniture. Also when there is a downpour the water is not pooling in this area so seem to be going into ground and coming up inside?ATTACH=full]99612[/ATTACH]
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It sounds like you are describing an inter-war house or earlier, with what was a pantry and coal store perhaps.

If so then it is likely there is no damp proof membrane ie sheet in your kitchen and these two cupboards.

If this is the case the only cure is to dig the whole thing out and fit a dpm and a new concrete floor to all three areas, assuming the kitchen floor is solid not suspended.

If it's any consolation I have the same thing going on! If it is this you might want to check the plaster in the kitchen as it might be soft near the skirts.

One way of sorting it all is to simply wait until you can build an extension if that is possible and deal with it then.

Best wait for others to say too but if the house is of that age then this is the likely issue.
 
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It sounds like you are describing an inter-war house or earlier, with what was a pantry and coal store perhaps.

If so then it is likely there is no damp proof membrane ie sheet in your kitchen and these two cupboards.

If this is the case the only cure is to dig the whole thing out and fit a dpm and a new concrete floor to all three areas, assuming the kitchen floor is solid not suspended.

If it's any consolation I have the same thing going on! If it is this you might want to check the plaster in the kitchen as it might be soft near the skirts.

One way of sorting it all is to simply wait until you can build an extension if that is possible and deal with it then.

Best wait for others to say too but if the house is of that age then this is the likely issue.
Many thanks for your reply. Yes the two cupboards are 'outside' but the property was built 1962. There is a 'normal height' course of DPC going round the bungalow but on this external building it is set at only one brick high. When the inside of this building (in one area only) gets damp it comes through the interior skirt and a bit up the wall, but as I said in my post it is also creeping under the floor (incidentally this is all concrete and before we laid our wooden boards we put a membrane down too !) I think it may end up a knock down job eventually as we have had a second large shed built in the garden so I can probably empty these two cupboards and just get rid of the set up. Just need a few funds !
 
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It sounds like you are describing an inter-war house or earlier, with what was a pantry and coal store perhaps.

If so then it is likely there is no damp proof membrane ie sheet in your kitchen and these two cupboards.

If this is the case the only cure is to dig the whole thing out and fit a dpm and a new concrete floor to all three areas, assuming the kitchen floor is solid not suspended.

If it's any consolation I have the same thing going on! If it is this you might want to check the plaster in the kitchen as it might be soft near the skirts.

One way of sorting it all is to simply wait until you can build an extension if that is possible and deal with it then.

Best wait for others to say too but if the house is of that age then this is the likely issue.
Many thanks for your reply. Yes the two cupboards are 'outside' but the property was built 1962. There is a 'normal height' course of DPC going round the bungalow but on this external building it is set at only one brick high. When the inside of this building (in one area only) gets damp it comes through the interior skirt and a bit up the wall, but as I said in my post it is also creeping under the floor (incidentally this is all concrete and before we laid our wooden boards we put a membrane down too !) I think it may end up a knock down job eventually as we have had a second large shed built in the garden so I can probably empty these two cupboards and just get rid of the set up. Just need a few funds !
Sorry, also meant to say that the kitchen is level with bungalow floors, so as you come out of the kitchen into this area you have to step down about 9 inches so it is a lower level building.
 
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