Water ingress is another name for penetrating damp. It can cause a variety of problems in your home and there are a number of potential causes.
To avoid water ingress causing further potentially costly damage and leading to health problems it is important to get it sorted out as soon as you notice the problem.
This article will alert you to the signs of water ingress that you need to look for, what the causes of water ingress are so you can avoid it, and also what you can do to treat it.
What is Water Ingress?
Water ingress or penetrating damp is when water/damp infiltrates a buildings structure. It is one of the most common causes of damp related problems in the UK.
Water Ingress vs Water Egress
The difference between water ingress and water egress is simple whether you are talking about water entering or exiting a building. Ingress is about water entering a building so covers things like adequate damproofing. Egress is exiting so covers things like adequate ventilation. However, water ingress as a term tends to cover both.
Signs of Water Ingress
Some of the signs that your home or building may have water ingress include:
- Mold on walls and ceilings.
- Damp patches.
- A musty smell.
- Paint and/or plaster peeling and coming away.
- The property is difficult to heat or doesn’t stay warm.
- Walls feel very cold to touch.
- Woodworm (as woodworm like wood that has been exposed to damp).
- Dry rot.
- Wet rot.
What Causes Water Ingress?
There can be many causes of water ingress including the following:
- Leaks in pipework or plumbing around the building.
- Badly maintained, broken or full/dirty guttering.
- Damaged mortar.
- Missing or faulty damp proof coursing.
- Faulty or aged window flashing.
- Blocked air bricks.
- Missing or inadequate waterproofing in the wall cavity.
- Roof damage such as broken or missing tiles or worn out or damaged flashing.
- Wall/brickwork damage – this can be from age or frost damage among other things.
- Insufficient damp proofing in the cellar/basement.
How to Prevent Water Ingress
Staying alert to signs of damp and ensuring a building is well maintained is a good start to preventing water ingress.
Priotritisng waterproofing and ensuring additional waterproofing is added such as installing damp proof coursing and waterproof cavity wall insulation.
How to Treat Water Ingress
If you notice any signs of damp and water ingress it is important to uncove the source of the problem as quickly as possible to keep the treatment costs as low as possible.
If you cannot quickly discern the cause yourself then contact a damp proofing expert to come and assess the building.
Any repairs that are required should be attended to as quickly as possible.
The areas affected by water ingress will need time to thoroughly dry out professionals tend to use fans, dehumidifiers, to suck and the water and keep the air circulating.
Once the areas affected are dried out the repairs can be finished.
We Can Help
At RBS Damp proofing we have been providing a reliable service in London and Surrey for over 15 years. We can help you to get to the source of your damp problem and get the right solutions in place quickly.