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Making sense of the difference between water ingress and water egress is pretty easy - ingress is water coming into your home, egress is water exiting your property. That being said, it’s important to understand the potential issues that could arise with each to help avoid any potential water damage or liability arising from your property.

Water ingress

As mentioned above, water ingress is when water infiltrates a property. This term can also be used to describe the penetrating damp that can permeate some properties.

Basements can be especially problematic as they’re more prone to flooding. Furthermore, basements that haven’t been flooded can still be a source of water ingress due to improper water-proofing. It’s important to make sure you’ve properly water-proofed your basement to prevent water ingress and damp spreading throughout your home. Ideally you want two separate forms of tanking, covered under Insurance Backed Guarantees (IBG’s).

Leaks are a common way water can seep into your home, causing damage. This can be due to roof damage or defective plumbing. If you notice a leak it’s crucial that you fix it right away because the longer you wait, the more damage it can cause.

Water ingress can also cause dampness in your home. Damp can also have some pretty serious side effects - prolonged exposure to high levels can reduce lung function and cause chronic health issues like asthma.

Water egress

Water egress can be a little less straightforward to understand. Simply put, water egress is water coming out of the property. In practice, this typically refers to the drainage of water from your property. Water egress drainage is an important part of a home, but defective drainage can be seriously detrimental to your property and is often the reason for water damage.

While the difference between water ingress and egress is simple, it’s important that your property is covered for both. Want to learn more? At One Guarantee we can provide 10 year structural warranty policies to protect your home against unexpected defects. To find out more, get in touch with our team here, or you can call 01603 218288 or email us