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There's a stream in my house

Discussion in 'Building' started by mrbiscuit, 3 May 2021.

  1. Hugh Jaleak

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    Might be worth investigating that before doing much more. If there is reliance on an old storm drain or soakaway which has now ceased to function, that might be a big part of your issue.
     
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    Given the house has only recently been purchased (and therefore I'd guess insured), it is unlikely the insurers will get involved as this will be determined to be a pre-existing issue).
     
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    Is it pre-existing?

    Regardless, its a new discovery to the owner so should be covered
     
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    Given the floor, etc was soaked through I don't think the owner can claim it's a brand new event. Wonder what the survey said...
     
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    The fact that there is a piped drain suggests to me this has been an issue for a long time. I think whilst looking for the source/cause may be helpful, I think I would try and build a solution to the run off rather than a cure. Would a block and beam suspended floor be better than timber in this situation? It won't be a big area.
     
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    Just to let everyone who has contributed advice on this thread know, I've had a structural engineer and a builder who deals with this kind of problem have a look.
    The agreed solution is to dig a drain channel network under the room that will lead to the drain storm drain entrance near he front door.. Ultimately, I have to report that the wooden joists will all go and a concrete floor will be laid throughout the ground floor.
    I'll post an update as work goes along.
    Thanks all.
     
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