Millions are spent every year in the UK "curing" a problem that does not exist?
"Rising damp" is a very rare phenomenon. So rare that many serious construction researchers have never seen it. Parrett of Lewisham Council in London (see below) has investigated over 5000 buildings and he has never found rising damp either. So what is going on here? How come surveyors are finding rising damp where it doesn't exist?
The answer lies in commercial pressures. The "surveyors" who work for damp-proofing companies are actually salesmen. They make their money by taking a percentage commission on the damp-proofing work they specify. So if you invite a damp-proofing company to inspect your home for dampness problems, you should not be surprised if they "discover" its existence. That's how they make a living.
Lewisham council in South London are so convinced rising damp is a myth that they are offering a cash reward to anyone who can prove them wrong.
The council had tried offering a £50 reward to see if they could find a genuine case of rising damp, but, he said, "So far nobody has managed to convince us that rising damp exists, and we are considering raising the reward to £500".