Hi there, hope you can help. I ma having building works done at th
moment. side extension and dormer loft conversion at the same time.
On Friday gone there was a heavy downpour and the felt at the back o
the house was not long enough to reach the gutter and...we were woke
at 7.30am to a flood of water coming into our bedroom from around th
top of the window the soffits are joined to the window frame.
It also 'ran down' and started coming in through the 'window frame' o
the room directly below. There were also trickles coming down one sid
of the dining room about 8ft in.
The builder says he doesn't want to 'waste time' going through th
insurers because of loss adjusters taking time etc etc and will fix an
I have 2 questions.
1) Could the water have penetrated the gap in the cavity wall?
2) If so I appreciate that there are problems that I wouldn't se fo
now what should I do?
3) The carpet in the bedroom is still soaking and starting to smel
mouldy, he has suggested getting a professional carpet cleaning compan
- a mate I am sure :-) . Will this allow the floorboards to dry ou
Hope someone can offer some advice.
Personally, I think you are in for a very difficult time.
While it may be true that a single water damage incident
will dry out eventually and not leave mold growing,
you don't know that for sure in any given incident.
If water did get into the stud wall cavity (and I think
it likely), there could be a very long time period before
this dries out and mold colonies could be forming which
may blossom every time there is a rise in humidity.
Flooring is a special problem in itself. If the floor
really is "boards" these may dry without mold growing.
Of course, they may also warp.
If the floor is particle board or plywood, there could be
a real mold problem plus delamination.
The carpet at least can be cleaned or in the worst case
What I fear most is that you won't know about some of
these developments until long after the tradesman has
departed the county. Then what?
You may want to enlist the aid of a lawyer *right now*
to ensure that your rights are protected.
A few links which may be of some general interest:
BTW, if you are in UK, suggest posting to this newsgroup:
In your phone book you will find water restoration companies that
specialize in cleaning up water damage. Once you've consulted with a few and
chosen one ask the contractor how he wishes to pay them. As the contractor
he is responsible for clean up but he does not get to dictate what he will
pay for or who he will pay.
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