Andy and Karen Logan at their home in Wellington, County Durham where holes have appeared in the floor. (Photo: Paul Norris)
A man from County Durham told how he feared his floor might collapse after holes appeared in the concrete slab.
Wellington’s Andy Logan says the holes, which he could even spoon into, started showing after he moved into the bungalow in December last year.
The couple also said their home, which is owned by Believe Housing, has been left cold and stuffy because of the vents.
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Andy, 47, a handyman, told The Northern Echo: “We’ve got these holes popping up around the concrete floor and we don’t know where they’re coming from.
Andy says he fears the worst because of the holes. (Photo: Paul Norris)
“It’s about 3 inches wide and should be pretty deep because you can put things on it.
“We are afraid that the house is not safe and could collapse in it.
“We believed us and they just want to get past the holes but they need to investigate them properly to find out where they’re coming from, for peace of mind.”
Andy says he can put a spoon in the holes. (Photo: NORTHERN ECHO)
A structural engineers’ report carried out on a bungalow and seen by The Echo concluded that the property was in “sound structural condition” but suggested “it would be useful to have a borehole drilled through the floor slab” for a full investigation of the case.
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Believe Housing said it would not drill any wells, saying the holes “do not pose a risk to [Mr and Mrs Logan’s] The security or structural stability of a property.”
Karen and Andy Logan at their home in Wellington, County Durham (Photo: Paul Norris)
Mr Logan added: “It’s very cold and stressful because we haven’t had any carpets since they had to look at the floor.
“I spent more time on my allowance than I did at home.”
Believe Housing told The Northern Echo that it is “satisfied” with the floor, which requires no further investigation.
Rachel Cox, Director of Property Repair at Believe Housing, said: “We instructed a specialist structural contractor to inspect this home in October, and they determined that the floor and walls were in sound structural condition.
“Some deterioration was found in the floor, and we attempted to schedule appropriate floor screed repairs.
“The client initially refused this work. We will soon contact them again and hope they agree on a date for us to complete the work as soon as possible.
“We are satisfied that the ground does not require further investigation by drilling a well.”
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