Signs of water ingress in basement

What is Water Ingress?

We often get asked by homeowners “what is water ingress and how can it be treated?” Water ingress otherwise known as penetrating damp is one of the common forms of damp affecting properties in the UK. This article will explain the problems associated with water ingress in buildings, the causes, and how water ingress can be treated from the property.

Definition Of Water Ingress

Water ingress is simply the process of water entering penetrating its way into the property.

There are a number of potential problems that can occur as a result of water entering the building. There is immediate damage from water entering the building in the form of damp but there are further problems that can occur in the future.

Future problems are fungal decay, damage to walls and potential health problems from mould. It is always best to deal with the issue of dampness as quickly as possible by contacting a local damp proofing specialist.

Penetrating damp on walls

What Causes of Water Ingress?

The root cause of water ingress is ordinarily a building defect or fault. Therefore, regular property maintenance should be carried out to identify potential problem areas. The types of problems to look out for at a property include:

  • Roof damage- having broken tiles, problems with chimney such as faulty flashing around the chimney. This will need a professional to provide an inspection of the roof for any damage that is occurring.
  • Faulty or blocked gutters- if the gutters are blocked or faulty then the water will start to penetrate its way through the property.
  • Walls- blocked air bricks, damaged pipework, a missing damp proof course (DPC), faulty internal plumbing, rendering and mortar becoming porous.
  • Windows- faulty flashing around the window frames.
  • Rising damp- if there is a failure damp proof course or a missing DPC can be one of the causing of water ingress.
  • Plumbing issues- if there are leaks in the house can also cause water ingress.

Signs Of Water Ingress

When trying to assess if you have water ingress at your property. There are common signs of water ingress you should look out for:

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Water Ingress in a Cellar or Basement

Having water ingress problems in cellars and basements is a big concern for property owners across the UK. Ordinarily, steps are taken at the design stage of a building to incorporate waterproofing of some form or another. Sometimes though, especially with older properties, this may not have been done. As a result, other forms of retrospective waterproofing may be required.

Type C waterproofing systems are a popular waterproofing system that is used to safely drain any water out of the property to a convenient drain off point. The key components of a Type C waterproofing system include cavity drain membrane, perimeter drainage channels and sump pumps. Another method that might be used is the use of tanking the cellar which involves using a waterproof slurry coating on the walls.

If you don’t have the necessary waterproofing system in place or has become damaged over time, then the property might experience water ingress problems at some point. We would always recommend contacting a waterproofing specialist who can deal with a damp basement.

What Is the Difference Between Water Ingress and Water Egress?

Now we have explained what water ingress is and the problem it can cause to your property, one issue you might not be aware of is water egress. There is one main difference between water ingress and water egress. Water ingress is the process of water coming through into the house while water egress is the process of water exiting the property.

Water egress in practice is the drainage of water coming out of the property. Water egress drainage is one of the essential parts of a house, however, if the drainage is defective, this is where serious damage can occur and one of the main reasons for having water damage.

While there is a simple difference between water ingress and egress, if there are problems with any of the water processes in and out of your property then these should be dealt with as soon as possible.

How To Treat Water Ingress?

How can water ingress be treated? The most important stage of treating water ingress at your property is identifying where the dampness has originated from. Regular checks need to be made to ensure all building defects are stopped early stopping the dampness from penetrating its way through into the property.

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Simple DIY work can be carried out by yourself or with the help tradesman. If you are struggling with any water ingress or any other damp related issues, then you can always contact Timberwise one of the leading damp specialists in the UK. Timberwise has the experience to identify the water ingress, diagnose the damp problem and provide necessary damp proofing to get rid of water ingress and other damp related issues.

It is important to note that the faster you act on spotting the signs of water ingress the less hassle you will have regarding cost and time in the long term.

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It is important to note that the faster you act on spotting the signs of water ingress and taking action to resolve the situation the less hassle you will have regarding the cost of resolving the damp problem. You can contact us online or you can call us on 0800 288 8660.