Can a tiny leak flood the downstairs in 4 weeks?!

21 May 2011
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United Kingdom
Hi All,

I went away for 4 weeks to visit family, the day before i came home my mum popped round and found a huge puddle of water in the lounge. She cleared it all up and switched the water off.

I came home and the lounge celing and some walls are all water stained, my sofa is soaking wet. I am trying to find the source of the leak, the insurance company aren't much help as i am not insured for "trace and access"

I have done some digging, and its really bizarre. In the bedroom above the lounge, I have lifted the carpet up. Underneath there is some plywood which is only midly water stained:

I lifted the plywood up and there was a lot of standing water on top of the next layer - the chipboard. I think its the taps in the bathroom which have leaked, the water has gone through the bottom of the skirting board then under the plywood.

However i have switched the water back on, to check for leaks and its only dripping a little bit I can't work out how so much water has got out! Any ideas? The pipework going to the taps is all rusty, and the house is 5 years old - is that a tell tale sign of leaking or could it be condensation from bathroom anyway??

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