Homes Under the Hammer disaster as couple face break-in and hidden wet floors

Home Under the Hammer was hit with a series of issues during a recent episode of the BBC series as a couple were faced with a break-in and wet floors.

A three-bedroom home in South Wales was in desperate need of a makeover and presenter Martin Roberts was on hand to offer his expertise.

However, the former I'm A Celebrity contestant was concerned about the multiple issues at the property including damp and a water-logged living room floor.

Oxfordshire couple Simon and Rebecca successfully bid for the property but their plans for a modernising makeover was hit with water problems caused by an underground sprung running underneath the house.

There was also a break-in during renovation works, putting another spanner in the works for the couple.

A worried Martin, 57, described the imposing retaining wall as being "scary beyond belief".

Ahead of the property's sale, the host explained: "It's this really nice big open space but straight away you see that wall obviously has a problem."

Despite liking the property for its size, the TV personality couldn't help but bring up the retaining wall and the water coming into the living room.

Martin said: "Can you imagine the weight of soil and Welsh hillside that's holding up? It is scary beyond belief"

"You'd be looking at tens of thousands of pounds, probably £25,000.

"Either you just hope it's ok or you touch it and you open Pandora's box."

Simon and Rebecca, who own a cleaning business, opened up to Martin about why they picked home in Rhondda.

"We got drawn to the area due to the cost of the properties around here," said Simon.

"The more we looked the more we fell in love with the place.

The couple planned to refurbish the house with a budget of between £5,000 and £10,000.

The Homes Under the Hammer team returned to the property 13 months after their first visit to show the jaw-dropping transformation work that Simon and Rebecca had carried out.

Simon said that extensive work to stop the spring from flooding over had been carried out, tanking down below floor level to divert the water and improve the drainage.

Talking about the break-in, Simon said: "It was very upsetting actually, at first it was off-putting of the whole project and it did take a couple of weeks to think 'don't let this slow us down."

Discussing the retaining wall, he said it had been made safe and that they would come back to it in the future when they had more money.

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The couple had gone over their planned budget by £5,000, spending £15,000 on the revamp altogether and were pleased to rent out the property for their required price of £575-a-month.

The renovation and auction television series has been running since May 2003.

Homes Under the Hammer airs weekdays on BBC One at 10am

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