No, not the media sort this time. Over the past few weeks we’ve noticed a wet patch on one end of our kitchen ceiling. It then shrinks, and dries – before starting again, in a slightly different place.
As we had heard that the whole ceiling in our kitchen had come down because of a leak, about 2 years ago, long before we arrived, we were very concerned. We contacted the landlord who owns the flat above (which is now empty) and he told us to switch off the water, which we did. We’re each on a water meter which is housed under the communal stairs, so that was easy.
Except it didn’t stop. Over the weekend it started again, so first thing yesterday we got in touch with him again. He really doesn’t like trusting other people, and was very cagey, and wouldn’t let either us or the couple in the top flat (whom he has known for a long time) have a key to ‘his’ flat. However, he had agreed to send one to an estate agent and he told us he’d arranged to have a builder friend come and look at the problem.
After a few phone calls Hub tracked down who this guy was and when he was coming, so was able to go upstairs with him when he arrived this morning.
Turns out that a huge section of the bedroom wall upstairs is soaking wet, bubbling the plaster. The builder drained the tank for that flat completely, and discovered that the cause was a black plastic pipe, which had started to perish.
Apparently this is exactly the same fault that caused the previous, disastrous leak. The landlord had somehow patched it up but had not tackled the underlying problem, and had not instructed his builder friend to fix it. No doubt because a new pipe would cost him money …
The odd thing was, that he spent a few days in the flat recently, doing some redecoration. How come he hadn’t noticed?? 🙄
Barely had Hub come downstairs and in our door when the phone rang. It was Youngest Daughter. She had just discovered that her washing machine had been leaking for a long time, but the water had pooled behind the kitchen unit panels, before seeping out into puddles on the floor today.
At least her leak has a clear source and is easy to fix – the pipe joint just needs tightening a bit! And then there’s lots of mopping up, of course …
It’s odd isn’t it, how sometimes problems happen simultaneously 🙄