I was left HOMELESS after my new £365k house flooded months after moving in… it’s like a waterfall through my ceiling
A HOMEOWNER was left homeless and distraught after his newly built property was flooded over ‘shabby’ plumbing.
Dan Dobson, 34, arrived home to find his £365,000 home in Curbridge, Hampshire, soaked when water tumbled down the walls.
The former Royal Marine Dan has had his Christmas ruined as his home is uninhabitable, while he has been left without electricity, heat or hot water as temperatures drop below zero.
He said: “I couldn’t believe the chaos I got into – it was like watching a waterfall, the amount of water pouring through the ceiling.
“The plaster on the walls is soaked and the carpets are soaked with water because the water came through the shabby plumbing.”
The small business owner has been without electricity for more than four days.
This is despite claims he has “written assurances” from his mutual homeowner that they would send someone to attend to maintenance issues within 24 hours.
The flooding has forced him to wash and shower at a nearby gym and refrain from bringing his 13-month-old son to visit until the problem is resolved.
Dan fumed: “It’s a joke that I was left here in the freezing cold with no heat or hot water. As a former Marine who has done tours in Afghanistan, I’m used to dealing with uncomfortable conditions.
“But I figured my days of washing with just a small can of water were over after I left Afghanistan.”
He added that he only moved in five months ago.
Dan claims a plumber’s buddy said the problem was due to the plumbing not being installed properly.
The homeowner added: “How can people sign a house off as habitable if the plumbing fails within months of moving in? I’ve heard of cowboy farmers, but this is just amazing.
“I can live with a few problems, but when the problem prevents you from living in your own home, it becomes a real problem.
“The paperwork I have says any bug discovered within the first 12 months of moving in is the responsibility of the developer and contractor, but I got nothing from them at all.”
Dan believes the ceiling will need to be demolished to gain access to the failed plumbing, while the plaster needs to be redone.
He concluded by saying: “This has ruined Christmas and it looks like the new year will have a good start before I’m anywhere back to normal.
“It’s a shame properties like this can be built so sloppily.”
A spokesman for Aster Group, the company that developed the website, said: “We have arranged for a plumber to visit Mr Dobson’s house and the repairs are now complete.
“We have apologized to him for taking longer than normal to resolve the issue and will continue to be in touch with Mr Dobson to assist him.”
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