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Where to start tackling water leakages?
During the heavy rain last night we noticed that our walls underneath an upstairs window were leaking water - enough to wet a floorboard and leak into the living room beneath.
We thought it might be from the double glazing (reasonably new) but after asking the company to come out and check, they think that the water starts higher than we thought and that it is because of guttering leaking onto a ledge above the window.
Can someone advise where to start - we think we need someone to fix the guttering and possible add some flashing ASAP (although it's a Victorian terrace so gutters linked to next door) but we also need something to sort the water which has already come through and caused bubbles etc in the plaster.
Ok initially you need to try and stop water ingress. It may be something as simple as a blocked downpipe on your guttering, especially on a victorian property. So if you can get up there safely have a look and see if its full of detritus. Leaves etc are always an issue. This could cause your guttering to overflow especially in heavy rain as we are experiencing currently. Can you see water leaking from the gutters in the area that is the problem? Maybe the gutters are not sealed properly and have a small leak.
You should also be looking at your roof, tiles of that age can easily delaminate and break down without you noticing, half a tile missing can cause the issue you have. These are the two first places to illiminate without spending a fortune.
Is there a chimney near the area? The flaunching could have failed or another issue at the top of the chimney could be causing ingress of water.
As for the wet wall, initially i would get the heating on and hire a small dehumidifier ( make sure the room is sealed as best as you can.) this is the first step to reducing the water. You may be lucky and the plaster is ok depending on the amount of water and just a rub down and repaint will sort the ossue. but you may be unlucky and have Larthe and plaster walls, the timber larthes could swell and pop the plaster needing it to be replaced.
Fingers crossed. Get on to your insurance company
Answered 29th Apr 2012
It docent sound like the guttering to me did you say there was a window above the landing were the damp is it could be a broken tile or a flashing really need to look
Answered 30th Apr 2012