Efflorescence/Damp on brickwork



Hi all,

I have got some Efflorescence on the bottom two rows of the exterior brickwork on my house. I noticed today that after some heavy rain, it appears that the bottom two rows are damp, but above this the bricks seem dry. See photos below.



You can clearly see the damp proof membrane between the damp area (bottom two rows) and the bricks above. Part of me thinks, the damp proof membrane is successfully doing its job and stopping any damp rising so this is not a problem/normal. But I have a concern that there maybe more of an issue, is it normal for lower bricks to absorb water when it rains and to have this much this much Efflorescence?

Any help will be much appreciated!
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