Restoration & Refurbishment Question

What am i looking at?

I am in the process of purchasing my first house, its a repo and as such was damaged by previous owner. The damage was a water pipe to the downstairs wc sink. This in turn flooded the entire downstairs of the house. I cannot say how long it was left running but it has caused plenty of damp damage.

Mainly its around the area that the pipe was cut but has spread through to the entire downstairs. I have had a kick and a push on the plaster and seems strong except for in the conservatory and the toilet area.

Am I going to need to strip all the plaster off downstairs and dry out the walls? what sort of money is this going to be? and if I was to get someone in could I cut the costs by doing some work myself?

Im awaiting a HomeBuyers report from the surveyor but I have found that they dont go into it too much, more just a case of if the house is worth the asking price. Any help would be great.

3 Answers

With out looking no body can really tell you accurately what needs doing.

It could all dry out fine, but water damage can be major.

Answered 5th Dec 2011

Rebel Carpenter

Member since 24 Sep 2008

best bet is to get a full strucural survey, although this is not cheap in the long run it can be the best money you will ever spend, tell him about the cut pipe and what your concerned about.

Answered 5th Dec 2011

ADR Property Maintenance

Member since 1 Mar 2009

hi
you really need someone out to have a good look!

but for time being i suggest you leave some form of heating on low(gentle heat) and keep the house well ventilated. to allow some of the dampness to disperse.

the main problem you may have is not knowing how long it was flooding for!

as previous comment you could be lucky and dry out fine, but water damage can be a major problem, its the not knowing how long everything got wet for which is the major concern.

Answered 5th Dec 2011

Darlington Propery maintenance

Member since 1 Dec 2011

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