Sallie has written in to request advice from Property118 readers as she owns a property in which the cellar keeps filling up with water. Have any readers of Property118 had a similar problem or can you offer solutions please? Do we have any surveyors reading Property118 who can provide advice on “tanking” the cellar or similar solutions? Does anybody know whether insurance might cover this?
Sallies email is below:-
Just wondered if any of your readers are familiar with a situation we have found ourselves in. We have owned a property for nearly 25 years and at the beginning of the summer the cellars became flooded – ( we did have lots of rain). I emptied it out twice (with buckets!!!) but it kept filling up. Last week I went up as it had risen up to 18″ again so I hired a puddle pump and emptied the cellar out again – next morning it was 18″ again – we then discovered the water was trickling in – in about 5 places between the floor and the wall and it was clean water. We called Yorkshire Water and they came and pumped it out but said in their opinion it was either a natural spring that had popped up through the ground with all the rain or it is all the rain we had earlier on in the year that is still coming down from the hill at the back of the house!!!
We have no idea what to do about it and have spoken to our various contacts builders etc and they are all at a loss at to what to do about it?? I dont want o lose the tenants as they are very good but they have two children and I ma sure they do not want to live in a house with 18″ of water int he cel;ar all the time Any ideas gratefully looked at!!!