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Homes and property Types of dampness

Penetrating dampness

Penetrating dampness from the outside of the building


This type of dampness is found on external walls. In the case of roof leaks, it will be on ceilings. 

It only appears because of a defect outside letting water pass from the outside into the home. For example, a missing tile or slate, spilling from a blocked gutter, penetrating around window frames etc. 

This type of dampness gets worse after rain and will usually appear as a well-defined ‘damp patch’ which looks and feels damp to the touch.

Black mould is rarely seen on areas of penetrating dampness. This is because the affected area is usually too wet and the dampness contains salts picked up when passing through the wall which prevents it's growth.

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