Newark House water leak

Assessing the water damage

Newark House is currently closed due to a recent water leak, affecting the East wing of the house. After initial salvaging works, staff are now assessing the damage so they can plan a schedule of repair works.

During the severe winter storms in March, Newark House sadly suffered a water leak, damaging the East wing of the house. The cause of the leak was a burst pipe in the roof space, even though the affected pipes were modern and lagged appropriately.

The leak happened in the early hours of the morning, with the estate already closed due to snow. Site staff did discover the leak quickly, and with support from regional colleagues they managed to stop the leak, and salvage collection items and furniture at risk. Plumbers came in to assess the pipe system and repair all damaged pipes.

The next task was to try and drain the water from the house as quickly as possible, and start the drying process. This was done by removing floorboards and some wallpapers, and specialist dehumidifiers were placed in affected rooms. Specialist vacuum cleaners were used to extract moisture from the cavities between the different floors. Furniture and collection items were assessed and moved to dry rooms, to minimise any risk of damage.

We assessed the condition of the house by measuring the humidity in individual rooms. With specialist equipment we also measured the moisture levels in the wooden beams and floorboards, and experts have surveyed the floors and ceilings, including the historic plasterwork. We've also had our archaeologist visiting us, who is doing further research on the history of the house, as he can see a lot more now floorboards have been taken up.

As we advance our assessments of the house we are now progressing our repair plans, at which stage we will have a better idea of when we will be able to reopen Newark House.

From 18 April we opened two rooms in Newark House that weren't affected by the water leak: the Garden Hall and the Drawing Room. And at the end of May we re-opened the Entrance Hall, Boot Room and Dining Room, so almost all of the ground floor rooms are open to visitors once again. 

The garden, estate walks and tea pavilion are open to visitors as normal.

Further updates about Newark House will be published on this website and our social media channels.