Ask a Tradesman
Damaged to wall from a leak - when to be worried?
A neighbours shower was leaking down into my flat for a long time - not sure how long, but long enough to cause cracks in my wall. I'm struggling to get someone to come and repair the damage at short notice. What should I be looking for in terms of determining whether or not the structure is at risk and therefore an emergency? Huge chunks of the plaster is coming away, but I've no idea if the integrity of the wall itself has been compromised. Any advice would be appreciated!
When drywall starts to absorb water from a leaky pipe or other forms of water damage, it begins to warp and swell. This can happen with other materials as well and, if left untreated for too long, can compromise the structural integrity of the home. This is most dangerous when dealing with support beams and other important structures of the home. However, even the simple warping can lead to an unsightly hole in the wall, which if combined with a mold outbreak can quickly turn things from simply ugly to unlivabl
Answered 21st May 2018