Damp or a leak?
I am looking for some thoughts on this issue that seems to have everyone scratching their heads.
The little front hall in the house has a wet area on the concrete floor. To the left of the photo is a bathroom which is hardly ever used. The bath is run about twice a year. The toilet is used by visitors once or twice a week. To the right of the photo is the front door. Above the photo is a bedroom.
There was a wet area in 2022. A plumber came and checked the bathroom, no issues. Another plumber came last week and found a seal that needed resealed under the bath. I wasn't convinced that was the issue as the bath isn't used. That plumber also lifted floor in the bathroom to access under the bath and it's all looking dry. He then lifted a hatch in the bedroom to look at the pipes running into the bathroom, the mains comes in from outdoors almost where that wet area is, but he said it was dry too.
A damp proofing company came at the very start and felt it was a leak. The plumber now wonders if it's damp. The house was built in 1849 but does have a damp proof course....I don't know the details though.
So the first photo is the floor in 2022, and the second is from yesterday...there are some new wet patches. When the plumber left last week the bits circled in red weren't there. The funny bit of concrete is where the previous plumber took some out, but stopped as he said the concrete a couple of inches down was dry underneath. Everyone is confused!
Given there's a new wet area appeared in the last two days is that note likely to be a leak? Or is it hard to tell? I did have heat in in the hall for the first time in ages.
Any advice would be great...thank you
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