Can Drains Cause Damp in my Home?

England receives a lot of rainfall, so it’s really no surprise that our homes may experience issues with damp. Whilst most damp problems are caused by condensation and rain penetration, our drains can also create an issue.

Leaks within our drainage system and pipes can quickly cause damp within a property, and it can lead to more severe problems like penetrating damp and wet rot. The result of a leak within our drains or pipes will generally be contained to one area of one wall, though it should be treated quickly and thoroughly to prevent spreading.

If you’ve noticed damp patches in your home, you should check the following:

  • Ensure any downpipes and gutters within the area are not faulty or leaking.
  • Look for any damage within your drains or pipes; are they cracked, or do they have faulty joints or corroded seals?
  • Are your drains or downpipes blocked? Rainwater can quickly back up and force itself out of a pipe joint, causing your home to become damp.

You will want to be particularly cautious in areas where drainage is present, for example in kitchens and bathrooms. Your bathrooms are especially prone to damp as there are several areas where draining occurs; showers, baths and sinks. If seals are corroded or coming away, this can be a cause for damp. If plugs or drains are blocked, this can also be a cause for damp issues.

If you’re unsure what could be causing the damp within your home, here at Happy Drains we’re more than happy to diagnose any issues within your drains for you. If it’s a blocked drain or pipe that is creating the issue, we can help.

Most of the time blockages are simple to resolve and fix. If the blockage is a bit more serious than usual, we have the required skills to make the problem disappear with no fuss and all at a fixed price. For more information about how we can help you, you can get in touch with a member of the Happy Drains team by calling us on 0800 849 8099 or via our contact page.