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to think if you have water in the upstairs ceiling lights its quite a serious problem ?

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Fairylea Sat 27-Oct-12 18:02:26

Need some help and advice really.... posted something earlier in chat but in my stressed state managed to hide the bloody thing... sorry.

So here I am... it's bad isn't it?

Started this morning with dh noticing our bedroom light hissing and fizzing and when we turned it off it went on and off and you could see a glow from the rose.

We turned all power off to upstairs lights at the trip switch.

I had two electricians come out. Both took down the rose and said it was absolutely soaking inside.

We do have a problem with severe condensation upstairs.. beads of water around the double glazed windows, black spots here and there that I spray with mould remover but they comeback. We have small patches of damp in the corners of ds and dds bedroom which have ruined the recent decorating we have done.

The electricians recommended we get a roofer out. I have rung several and waiting for them to come back to me.

We have £1000 in savings and dh earns fairly little. I am on maternity leave. This is going to wipe us out financially isn't it ?

We own the house (mortgaged). Could this even be claimed on insurance ? They are not open till Monday to ask.

Any advice welcomed. Feeling very depressed with it all.. just before Christmas too sad ... currently we have no lights upstairs as we are leaving the trip switch off as was advises by the electrician.

Thanks in advance.

Fairylea Sat 27-Oct-12 18:06:26

Need to add we have the heating on asmuch as we can and l do vent by opening windows but obviously it's freezing cold and I have a 4 month old baby so there's only so much window opening I can do !

Tailtwister Sat 27-Oct-12 19:12:41

You need to find out where the water is coming from. It doesn't sound like condensation to me if it's in the middle of the ceiling. Have you had a look in the roof space (only if it's safe to do so of course)? Sounds like you may have a leak and the water is finding it's way down by the easiest route (along beams etc) and into your ceiling.

It's scary and possibly expensive, but the consequences of not having it looked at and sorted are severe. It might be an insurance job if it's a leaky pipe, but not sure about roof damage unless it's due to severe weather. The best thing is to get it checked out (as you are doing), find the problem and then contact your insurance company. No point in burying your head in the sand on this one, sorry.

Hope you get it sorted asap.

CaliforniaLeaving Sat 27-Oct-12 20:09:40

It doesn't sound good at all. I hope they can find the cause quickly for you.

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