Water ingress is the situation whereby water has somehow made its way into a building’s ventilation system and has created dampness in the occupants of the building. It can also be called penetrating dampness. Water ingress can occur for many reasons, from the most mundane (a pipe with no vapor barrier) to the most catastrophic (the collapse of a building). Regardless of the reason, the effect it will have on the occupants of the building is the same and can create unpleasant and unhealthy living conditions. Click here – https://www.pat.org.uk/property/06/2021/penetrating-damp-rising-damp-and-water-ingress-in-old-houses/6350/
How to Prevent Water Damage in a Flood
Common signs that one might have water ingress are small cracks in drywall or plaster around windows or doors. Smoke and steam may also be present in rooms where there has been water ingress, due to water leaking into insulation and heating ducts and pipes. Damp smells may be detected as dampness in certain areas of the home, such as the basement or bathroom. In the worst cases, water ingress may lead to the development of mold, mildew, and other organic growths in the home, which are very hazardous to your health. Therefore, it is vitally important to take action immediately if you discover any signs of such issues.
Some things you can do to prevent water ingress are to: repair damaged flashing around doors and windows and replace damaged drywall where it may be breaking. You can also use thick, non-combustible sealant between floorboards, and add two layers of felt board between ceiling and floor (with a vapor barrier). Finally, prevent wetness by using leak detectors to find and fix leaks, and use non-skid floor mats on floors that are prone to spills. These simple preventative measures should help to remedy some of the problems that may arise as a result of water ingress. Of course, in the event that you do suffer serious damage due to water ingress, it is imperative to seek the services of an experienced Water Inspector to help you determine the cause of the leak, and to evaluate the extent of damage.