Damp, mould and condensation
Leaks from plumbing
Leaks from water and waste pipes, especially in bathrooms and kitchens, are relatively common.
They can affect both external and internal walls and ceilings.
The affected area looks and feels damp to the touch and stays damp whatever the weather conditions outside.
An examination of the water and waste pipes in the kitchen and bathroom and the seals around the bath, shower and sinks will usually find the problem.
If leaks are not repaired, rot may appear in wooden joists and floorboards leading to a risk of collapse in severe cases.
Mould and even fungi may be seen with this type of dampness if the defects are not fixed.
Leaks should be fixed as soon as possible. Tenants should ask their landlord to investigate further.