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What is Water Ingress?

Building Consultancy, Damp Problems, Building Contractors, Project Management, Redesign & Rebuild


Water ingress describes the problem of water or damp penetrating a building, and is one of the biggest issues for property owners or residents especially in the UK. It can sometimes be an extremely frustrating problem, taking time and money to discover the root cause. Often the explanation offered by a professional doesn’t seem feasible, as with the diagnosis of condensation where there has been none before.

Signs of water penetration

Water ingress is most commonly due to a defect or defects in the building, and left unattended can give rise to:-

  • Plasterwork becoming damp
  • Heat loss
  • Musty smells
  • Dry rot
  • Wet rot
  • Ugly evidence of water damage inside and outside

Common causes

The main causes of water ingress include:-

  • Damaged Walls – Brickwork, rendering and mortar can deteriorate over time allowing water to enter the building.
  • Leaking Gutter or Plumbing – This is a big cause of damp within a property, arising from leaking, blocked or cracked gutters, ineffective drainage or faulty internal plumbing.
  • Damaged Roof – Roofs should be checked for missing or broken slates, and also the chimney flashing must be looked at.
  • Water in Basement – A basement or a raised external ground level with inadequate water proofing may lead to water ingress

What should you do?

It is important to deal with the cause before embarking on any remedial work, and evidence of water infiltration should result in contacting a company who are specialists in this area, such as Premier Build Ltd. With our building consultancy service, we have an unblemished record when it comes to successful investigation of this issue. Our team are proud to have identified and solved many problems where others have failed time and again. Give us a call on 07958 572 393.

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