A Croydon mum is “petrified” water will burst through her walls after months of constant banging, she claims. Keyya Attard lives with her daughter, nine, and claims the noise is so bad they have been unable to sleep properly for the past four weeks.
She said she has been complaining to housing association, Clarion, since August about banging sounds in the walls of their flat. The 28-year-old said: “I’ve had no sleep for more than four weeks now, I am phone to housing three or four times a day. I am in danger, there is water hammering in the walls – I’m really worried.”
Clarion said it has sent out teams to investigate the issue, including cutting a hole in the wall. The housing association has pledged to continue to look into the problem but has so far not found the cause of the noise. Ms Attard claims the noises overnight have got so bad she is sometimes only able to get three hours sleep a night, which has now affected her daughter’s school attendance.
She said: “I am not getting enough sleep and I am stressed because of the banging, I am begging for them to stop the banging or put me in temporary accommodation. I feel like I am going to have a mental breakdown. It is gradually getting worse, my walls and ceilings are beginning to crumble, I am petrified that a wall is going to burst.”
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The mum and daughter have lived in the property for the past four years and Keyya claims that there have been problems with leaks in the past. She said: “I think there is a general plumbing problem here. There is a neighbour above me that has witnessed the banging. She was worried for her safety and called the fire brigade.”
The mum said while Clarion has sent out teams to look at the problem, nothing so far has worked. A spokesperson for Clarion said: “We are aware of Ms Attard’s complaint and our operatives have visited her property on several occasions to carry out extensive investigations, including an intrusive check of the wall in question, but found no causes for the noise that the resident has been experiencing.
“Our operatives have also visited the flat upstairs in the hope of finding the source of the noise but nothing was found. We will continue to work with the resident to find a resolution so that she and her family can feel as comfortable as possible in their home.”