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Urgent help please - DH has just fallen through the loft!!

(28 Posts)
Honey1975 Sat 29-Apr-17 18:39:26

Clearing out the loft for move and dh slipped and has put foot through loft creating a massive hole!
Just recovering from the shock of seeing his leg hanging through the ceiling followed by silence (he is ok thankfully) and now we need to try and patch it up. Not the best time to find a tradesman to help on a Saturday evening.

There's bits of loft insulation floating about & I'm panicking about asbestos being in it.

Trying to keep dd downstairs.

Has this happened to anyone and what did you do?
I'm a bit shaken up to be honest.🙁

dementedpixie Sat 29-Apr-17 18:41:22

Will home insurance not cover it?

abbsisspartacus Sat 29-Apr-17 18:43:52

Panicked and got in touch with ex fil w/o put a new board up for me after I pulled my dd out of the hole and picked up the broken tiles that cartwheeled down the stairs

TeaBelle Sat 29-Apr-17 18:44:19

It's not really an emergency, just wait til monday

namechangedtoday15 Sat 29-Apr-17 18:44:43

Don't think you need to panic. Just contact someone on Tuesday if your DH not DIY savvy to patch it up. My Dad and DH have both done it in their time!

Honey1975 Sat 29-Apr-17 18:45:27

Ok what about asbestos, would that be in the dust/insulation?

elephantscansing Sat 29-Apr-17 18:46:22

How old is the house? Shouldn't be any asbestos in it! Just call someone out on Monday - your insurance should cover it.

Glad your h is ok.

specialsubject Sat 29-Apr-17 18:46:46

I doubt your loft is insulated with loose asbestos. And if it is, you would be in as much danger as a kid. Clear up with gloves and a face mask as rockwool or fibreglass doesn't half itch.

Ring your house insurers if you have accidental damage cover. Bank holiday weekend , sods law - but it is not an emergency.

Mehfruittea Sat 29-Apr-17 18:47:19

My DH did this. Called insurers and got trades in. Hole was unpatched for about 2 weeks but not a problem. Very unlikely to be asbestos in a modern home, how old is it? We had lots of pink insulation floating down for a while. Then I paid someone £100 to fully board it out, stick a light switch up there and they put shelves in to the eves for me as well. Bargain!

Honey1975 Sat 29-Apr-17 18:47:23

Sorry for panicking, it was just such a loud bang and I was standing right underneath. The smoke alarm came flying off and just missed me! Dh's leg was hanging there and he went quiet so I panicked.

Thinkingblonde Sat 29-Apr-17 18:47:43

I doubt asbestos would be in the loft insulation.

ijustwannadance Sat 29-Apr-17 18:47:49

How old is the house/insulation?

RedBugMug Sat 29-Apr-17 18:50:46

agree with pp. if you have insurance call them. or get to a diy store (should be open another hour or so) to get a board and tools to patch up.

Honey1975 Sat 29-Apr-17 18:51:20

I think it was built 1969

PickAChew Sat 29-Apr-17 18:52:42

Probably not likely to have asbestos in, but if the dust is annoying, tape some plastic over it - a black binbag will do. Not pretty, but you'll not be constantly picking fluff out of your hair.

The insulation is most likely something like rock wool. www.rockwool.co.uk/

Timetobookaholiday Sat 29-Apr-17 18:53:30

Think they only used asbestos in walls like concrete, not in loft insulations.

Honey1975 Sat 29-Apr-17 18:54:44

A neighbour has just come round and said it is rockwool.

specialsubject Sat 29-Apr-17 21:15:34

There you go, no issue and no emergency. Glad husband isn't hurt.

sonlypuppyfat Sat 29-Apr-17 21:17:51

Are you married to Frank Spencer

mummc2 Sat 29-Apr-17 21:19:55

Probably wouldn't bother with insurance either would ring someone to have a look first - dh did this a few years ago and just needed a patch up with board and plaster we then painted it ourselves. Cost about £70 and it was £100 claim on insurance

Blossomdeary Sat 29-Apr-17 21:19:57

Send him back up to do it again - then video it - at least you will make some money on it!

YesItsMeIDontCare Sat 29-Apr-17 21:20:51

Hahahahahahahahahahaha... my ex-husband did that!

Insurance paid for new ceiling and complete redecoration of the room. After they'd pissed themselves laughing.

Sorry. I shouldn't laugh. But I keep thinking about my ex doing it...

😂

gillybeanz Sat 29-Apr-17 21:22:13

From your title I thought you were going to say you were all laughing at him.
My dh did something similar but down a cellar, there wasn't any steps.
He wasn't hurt and we were pissing ourselves laughing as was so funny.

I'm so glad your dh was ok.
It won't be asbestos, but the fibres are itchy and very fine, so not good to breathe in if it can be avoided.

scaryclown Sat 29-Apr-17 21:22:19

Lol in the silence was he hoping you hadn't noticed..

Honey1975 Sat 29-Apr-17 21:25:03

Thanks everyone, hole in roof covered with board & man coming to look tomorrow.
I'm now relaxing with wine while dh is feeling sorry for himself with a sore behind!!😁

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