I haven’t posted in over a year. This is because we had a lot going on involving the house that I couldn’t actually post about for legal reasons. I still can’t discuss the details but I can say that our house has taken extensive damage that we are not at fault for and that we can’t legally repair on our own.
The dry rot discovered in February 2015 is all over the back wall to the house. At the moment, it looks like something out of an episode of Doctor Who. We couldn’t treat it last year because the source of water ingress wasn’t remedied but we couldn’t repair the source of the water ingress because we aren’t legally allowed to. If we had treated it, it would have just disturbed it and it would’ve gone mad and grown faster. Because of the rot, we had to delay the render until we knew the rot was sorted. Well, the rot was never sorted so the render was never completed.
As the autumn and winter storms rolled in, the amount of water coming into our house from the back wall increased drastically. We had so much water coming in that we had to place buckets and containers to try to contain it. Over Christmas, we ended up with standing water in our kitchen. Water started appearing in rooms previously not visibly affected. Water dripped from the ceiling in our lounge destroying a stack of books and a speaker for our cinema system. Black mould started to appear on wall surfaces. Fungus started to grow on wall surfaces. The house was cold and inhospitable. It was starting to fall apart before our very eyes.
In February this year, our insurer and our surveyor advised that we move out of our home for health and safety reasons. We are now in a temporary house and our house sits alone and abandoned awaiting the source of water ingress to be fixed. We received some help in forcing the source of the ingress to be repaired and the works for that started in May but have now stopped. We are waiting for them to start again but can’t be sure that they will.
The render will be completed this year and I’m looking forward to sharing pictures of it when it is completed. We hope we will be back in our house by Christmas but right now, that all remains very uncertain.
I’m sorry I’ve been so quiet but there is the update. Hopefully more to follow soon, I hope.