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Leaking ceiling from gutters

Hi all

Last summer in London there were a few weeks when the weather was exceptionally bad ie. thunderstorms every day. The gutters on our block of flats were old and the water would pour down over the sides.

At the same time, our kitchen ceiling started to leak. We live in a ground floor flat. The kitchen of the flat upstairs is directly above our kitchen. At first we assumed it was a leak but our neighbour had a plumber round and he said there was no leak.

We had all the gutters, soffits and fascia boards replaced, the leak dried out, we replastered and painted and it's all been fine for several months.

Then on Friday, the ceiling starts to leak again in exactly the same place. We call the gutter company out who say that everything still looks fine and they think the source of the leak is the kitchen of the flat above.

It seems like too much of a coincidence that the leak is back in the same place and it went away the first time after we had the gutters done but the second time it's not an issue with the gutters. Their argument was that it hasn't rained much recently so how could the water be from the rain but as the walls and ceiling are solid, I believe it could take a couple of days for the water to work its way through the building.

Any ideas on where the leak could be coming from?

Thanks in advance

2 Answers from MyBuilder Roofers

it could be down to the wrong size guttering being fitted. So when it rains heavily the guttering cannot cope with the rain so it overflows..


Answered 21st Jul 2017

The guttering should not be an issue to your ground floor flat unless rain water is passing down the back of the gutters due to a inadequate overhang of the roof tiles into the gutter causing water saturation to the brickwork or window frames also there could be broken roof tiles causing water penertration down the cavity of the brickwork. another reason could be your upstair neighbour could be taking a bath or cleaning out the fish tank. Strange things happen take a look outdoors the next time you have heavy rain .either way there is a point of water ingress into your home that must be resolved.


Answered 22nd Jun 2018

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