More water, but every cloud has a silver lining…

So I got home Friday to find that the water problem had got much worse. There had been lots and lots of rain on Friday, and at last it got the better of the flat roof. The carpet was in about 1cm (0.5″ for my American readers). Water was literally running down the inside of the house.

What do you do in this situation?

Well not a lot you can do really! We took the carpet out, got some buckets and then sat down and had a bottle of wine! There was nothing else for it. We thought about it overnight, and then talked to our friendly builder. We all decided that actually what had happened was that the drain in the flat roof was blocked, and then the water rose and went down between the wall and the flashing. Our builder unblocked the drain in the roof (gratis even though I tried to get him to take money for a beer) and temporarily that has stopped the water.

It has meant that I have had to call our architect as to be honest we need to get a move on to stop things like that happening.

So what is the silver lining? Well when we lifted up the carpet we came across a hatch in the floor. We have not opened it yet, but it is exciting to think what could be down there as we had not known about it. Talking to friends and collagues the vote seems split 50:50 between either treasure/booze or a dead body!

I will keep you posted.

Water water everywhere, nor a drop to drink

So… we have had more than a little rain. But no real problems. A bit of damp in the garage, but generally the house has been OK. Until today…

For some reason the walls which we have been concerned about have started to show their dampness. It must be something about the way the rain has fallen. The house is constructed in a bit of a weird way. I think that there must have been two small courtyards in the middle of the house. On one side, it has been roofed over with a flat felt roof. When our tame builder came round he said that the job “was badly done” which was a polite way of him saying it was crap. He was not surprised that we had evidence of damp. Nor am I after we now have water coming down on the inside.

What to do? Well also our tame builder said a good piece of advice that he used on a client: “That water outside has now come inside. We need to stop it. That is all the issue is”

Somehow it is a comfort to reduce it to a simple statement like that!