Damp from adjoining properties

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12 years ago
I wonder if the flat is a purpose built flat with full insulation? and No ventilation other than passive fans.

Mine was, small leak from washing machine unreported by the tenants,

(normal house stained floorboards).

My flat, the water had rotted the "weetabix" chipboard flooring ruined the internal doors cracked the kitchen floor tiles, penetrated below the flooring chipboard into the insulation dense foam and puddled the damp proof membrane below. (forever without intervention)

In addition to this the mould had grown behind most plasterboard walls within the kitchen and bathroom.The tiles looked fine but they all had to be replaced along with the insulation and flooring, the kitchen and bathroom also had to be removed and refitted.

Golden Rule: If the floor squeaks, something is wrong. If someone else's floor squeaks above you, something is wrong.

No squeaky - likey.

In our case everything looked normal.

Apart from the tell tail smell.

Our flat is only 10 yrs old.

There was no way I would entrust a contractor to carry out these repairs, to only be in this position again some years hence so as a plumbing/builder I undertook and repaired the flat under insurance.

The smell left and all was well last November after 5k.

Tenants left March put the flat up for sale, whilst cleaning decorating etc hear loo flushed upstairs and watch water run down the wall complete with mould and plaster corner tape damage.

Call back to check sub floor again WET. Water below the floor.

New insurance claim and more 1.k's to repair.

April less than six months!!!!

Sorry just claim from your freeholders insurance and notify the other flats via their letting agent.

I used to work for the agent's as a gas engineer plumber and for a national house builder and the gas board blah blah.

Good luck

Yeah I know I need it now I am a landlord.


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