Wet looking bricks below dpc

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  1. Paulrob81

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    Hi there, myself and my wife are looking to buy a semi detached house literally over the road from where we currently live however I've noticed every time it rains, the bricks and mortar below the dpc on the front of the house become darker than those above (doesn't go further than dpc) It does eventually dry out but was concerned if this was an issue because this doesn't seem to happen to the other houses on the street. There's at least 4 courses of bricks above ground level before you reach the dpc.

    I've spotted that an airbrick doesn't seem to be present but in all the other houses there's sometimes one there and sometimes not. This is confusing.

    There is a down pipe from the guttering which runs inbetween the two semis into a drain which has some soil around it so we didn't know if this was soaking up the rain water.

    Sorry for the essay. We can't supply pics at the moment but any help would be really appreciated!!
     
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    any bricks below dpc will get wet because they are in contact with the ground, if the bricks above the dpc dont get wet it proves the dpc is working
     
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    However the ground may be wet if there is a cracked or leaking drain. This is common in older houses and can be repaired.
     
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    I'm seeing a business oportunity here for people who are buying houses to be able to phone someone up who can go out and look at the house and do a report or something like that. I might look into such a concept.
     
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    it'll never catch on, not when there's the internet available to answer everyone's questions
     
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    quite possibly or it could have just been raining, or they've been using a hosepipe on the lawn/flowers, or the gutter leaks, or it could be sheltered and takes a while to dry out, or its where the dog likes to pee :D
     
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    Or the underground stream, high water table and clay subsoil.
     
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    In fact, that could be a good career change for you, Woody.
     
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    Thanks for that informative post!
     
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    No, no, I'm not going back. I won't do it I tell you. :censored:
     
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