Making sense of the difference between water ingress and water egress in a property is quite easy. This brief guide aims to help you understand these terms better.
Ingress means entering, so this refers to water from outside that makes its way into your home. Egress means exiting, so this is the water that leaves your property.
Both water ingress and water egress can cause a problem. Knowing this can help avoid any possible water damage or liability arising at your home.
One source of water ingress is via leaks. Leaks cause water to seep into your home, creating damage. This could be due to roof damage or defective plumbing. If you notice a leak, it’s important that you fix it right away. The longer you wait, the more damage a leak can cause.
Water ingress can make your home damp. Penetrating damp can also have some pretty serious side effects. Being exposed to damp for long periods can ultimately reduce lung function. Damp is also linked to chronic health issues such as asthma.
Basements are prone to flooding. They can be a source of water ingress if they have not been properly tanked (waterproofed). Waterproofing the basement can prevent water ingress and damp spreading through your home.
Ideally, you want two separate forms of tanking in the basement. This should also be covered under Insurance Backed Guarantees (IBGs).
While standard drainage allows water to flow away safely from your home, defective drainage can cause serious problems. This is often the reason for damage by water egress.
It’s important that your property is covered for both water ingress and water egress. Guild partner, One Guarantee, can provide 10-year Structural Warranty policies to protect your home against unexpected defects.