Stone Wall Moisture - Possible Problem

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  1. scallywag10

    scallywag10

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    Folks,

    I am considering purchasing a listed building stone cottage however the ground floor (as with many old buildings) has damp on a couple of walls. It looks like rising damp as the colour of the wall darkens as you get look towards the base and a damp meter shows an increase as you get towards the bottom.

    The wall is very think solid non-uniform stone and mortar construction and is bare on both sides. The exterior wall is not open to the elements because there is an "out house" against it so I don't see how it can be penetrating damp.

    For walls of this type of construction what are the options for managing the damp? (I have heard negative things about chemical DPC)
    Is having a slightly damp wall of this type of construction a problem?
    Do the electronic damp meters effectiveness in identifying damp problems vary with construction materials?

    Any help with this would be gratefully received. :D

    Many thanks

    laurence
     
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