All family want for Christmas is mystery hole in floor to be gone
A FAMILY left with a massive hole in their living room floor for almost a year have had to put their Christmas preparations on hold – after revealing they are no nearer to solving the problem.
As previously reported in the Leader, the hole – which Alison Evans and her family have been living with since January – fills with murky water on a daily basis and needs to be pumped regularly to stop the whole house from flooding.
Despite a number of experts taking a look at the problem, they have all drawn a blank at what the source could be.
They even have a petrolpowered pump on standby at all times, which is switched on when water levels in the hole get too high.
The ordeal initially began in January, when they noticed water coming up through the floor in the living room and going into the passage and dining room.
Alison explained the hole had to be dug so they could try to establish where the leak was coming from.
Since then, Welsh Water has confirmed the source of the leak is not linked to its system. Officers from Rhondda Cynon Taf Council have also tried to locate the source of the leak by using dye in the water, but were unable to find anything.
A chartered surveyor has also visited, Alison said, but she is still waiting for experts to get back to her. It all means factory worker Alison, 51, and her family will have to squeeze into just one room this Christmas.
The usual festive preparations have gone on hold this year.
While the family of four usually start putting their decorations up on December 1, complete with two Christmas trees – one in their dining room and one in the living room – all they’ve managed this year is to string some lights up outside their home in Trebanog, Porth.
“We seem to get more water after periods of heavy rain, and especially when the wind is blowing in a certain direction,” she said.
“It’s just horrendous, we had to open all of our windows and doors to get rid of the petrol fumes.”
It is making it difficult for her to embrace the festive season.
“We are planning on putting the tree up midweek,” said Mrs Evans.
“But it will only be one tree this year. Usually we have a tree in the living room, with all the presents, and another tree in the dining room, and lights everywhere.”
They won’t even be able to settle down on their sofa after Christmas lunch to watch TV, as the settee will have to be stowed in the living room to make space for them to get round the kitchen table.
“We have moved everything out of the living room, because of the hole, but we will wrap the settee up and put it back there out of the way just for Christmas.”
It is just the four of them for Christmas lunch this year, which they will eat in the combined dining room and kitchen.
But it’s not only the Christmas festivities that will be constrained by the flooded hole: Alison’s daughter will celebrate her 18th birthday on Christmas Day too.
“Usually all our neighbours and friends pop round after lunch at teatime to wish her happy birthday and bring presents, but I don’t know where they will all go this year,” said Mrs Evans.
In the meantime, the family have mounted their TV onto the wall in the dining room so they can at least watch some Christmas TV together.
“We’ll still be able to watch the Queen’s speech,” she added.
This is how Alison’s living room looked when it flooded