Reno Right: Leaking pipes, aromatherapy and ACs, balcony gardening, and mirrors

We answer some of your renovation questions and give you tips for how to amp up the home aesthetic!

Q: I informed the management of my condo that I was experiencing a leak in my ceiling and they notified the upper-floor neighbour. He was advised to replace his water supply pipes in his master bathroom. However, a month after he replaced the pipes, the leak still remains. What do I do?

A: You should inform your neighbour that the leak has not stopped. “Your neighbour should engage a licensed plumber to investigate the source of the water leakage, so as to identify the origin before doing any repairs,” advises Doreen Low from water-leak specialist Global Technical. Leak detection work is important because without locating the source, the repair cost will be high due to unnecessary hacking to find the leak. Specialist equipment can be used to detect leakage in walls or false ceilings non destructively.

According to Doreen, common sources of leakage include sewage pipes (under the purview of your condo management), air con condensation pipes, and basin discharge.
While you’re at it, give the ceiling moulding a good clean, too. If you don’t own a duster, use a dry mop, but cover the mop head with a microfiber cloth or an old T-shirt.

TOPICS: Renovation