I previously asked this question Do I need to replace skirting in these places? . Please note the placing of the boards which are behind cabinets but also under the sink area. Note that the red lines in my pic are not correct, they should go further right up to the end of the sink
In my case of damp, water came through broken tiles behind the sink and down into exactly where most of the skirting boards are(indicated by the red line). However I have comes across this statement in someones reply to an article:
"..NONE of your correspondents seem to have noted one of the most important functions of the much maligned skirting board - that of concealing the necessary gap between wooden floorboards and masonry to prevent transmission of damp and to allow for expansion and contraction of the boards with temperature and humidity." https://www.theguardian.com/notesandqueries/query/0,,-2689,00.html
Can someone explain what this means? I'm wondering if the boards actually prevented my damp from going into the floor and spread as the comment would suggest? And this comment might explain why the skirting goes to the end of the sink my damp situation demonstrating how it works. Is this statement only relevant if you have floorbaords?