Help - my mid terrace converted victorian/edwardian place has a soggy floor in the kitchen, bathroom and lower hall.
I've had someone round to check for rising damp and this was inconclusive - ended with the suggestion that I should get a plumber to check for leaking pipes first. Can anyone recommend a plumber who can do the necessary checks?
before you call a plumber, do you have a panel blocking your bath in? my sister in law lived in a converted victorian house, ground floor flat. After she moved in I went in to help her bathe ( she had parkinson's) a few days later I noticed a damp patch in her kitchen, cutting it short when the house had been converted the dorky workmen had not connected the bath outlet pipe correctly! a variety of specialists called in beforehand, rising damp, condensation were mentioned, fans to extract moisture etc., it was only when an old workman called in and suggested the bath was checked......
Turn off all the taps and listen for flowing water. In the good old days of Water Boards they would go round properties at dead of night and listen for flowing water (through use of a device) to try to detect leaks.
Turn all your taps off at the mains and go away for a fortnight.
What about a self-defrosting freezer? Or condensation? causing the problem.
please don't shout or scream in disgust, but as an individual, i am a somewhat rubbishly inept female and haven't a clue where the mains is. I know how to isolate the kitchen taps and washing machine but can't see any other obvious places to try next. any ideas? (be gentle, I'm cowering already....)
the really odd thing is - you're the second person now that thought chustler must be male - is there some secret code thing about names that i've just not got the hang of yet? I just figured my initial (C for Carol) and my surname would do the job nicely... obviously somewhat misleading!
re: the mains thing, the cupboard under the sink is where I can isolate the kitchen taps but not the rest - would it be a really silly thing to ask Thames Water the whereabouts of my mains?