For the purposes of identifying the root cause of damp, a leak is considered to be the escape of mains or wastewater, whether fast or slow, however it was caused.

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We differentiate leaks from penetrating damp, which is rainwater. Clearly people will habitually say a gutter is leaking. But to us this is penetrating damp, if it causes ingress, not a leak.

Leaks for insurance purposes are known as an “escape of water”, they tend to exclude long term escape of water but could include rainwater related leaks – i.e. penetrating damp. See insurance claims.


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