You would think that living on the 12th floor of an apartment building, we would be safe from flooding. But, you’d be wrong.

Last night we had our apartment flooded for the third time in two years – twice in the past month. How is the possible, you might ask? The boiler room is located right above our living/dining room area and storage closet. And, apparently, the boiler sucks and they refuse to fix it..

I woke up at about 2:30am to the sound of dripping water. Reminded of what happened about a month ago, I went to the living room to investigate. Sure enough, the sound of running water was coming from the ceiling.

I woke up DH, and by the time we went back into the living room, water was dripping down the walls. We opened the door to the storage room and the carpet was already soaked. We quickly moved everything in the area to the spare bedroom, and pushed all the furniture to the other side of the room.

From time to time, the water would crack through the ceiling or wall, causing something of a miniature water fall. We tried to catch the water in various buckets and bowls, but it wasn’t enough.

DH noticed at one point that water was coming down the light socket/bulb in the storage closet. Thinking it’s not a good idea to be standing in a pool of water while that was going on, he turned off the light (he didn’t want the headline “Physicist Electrocuted” in the papers the next morning).

I called the emergency number at about 3am, and they did come and turn the water off. So, at least the leaking pretty much stopped before we went back to bed. Of course, there is no hot water this morning, and our place smells like…well…water soaked carpet and drywall. They have steam-cleaned our carpets (and took out another 60L of water — same amount as last time).

I’m so glad I woke up when I did, or a lot of our things (including a valuable painting we bought on our honeymoon) would have been destroyed. We are getting pretty tired of this, and are so happy to be moving to our house in just over 5 weeks. This is absolutely ridiculous.


Comments on: "Flooding" (6)

  1. That IS ridiculous! I can't believe they haven't fixed it! Is there some way to complain?


  2. Sounds awful – moving to your own home can't come quickly enough!


  3. Two words – rent abatement!! Absolutely apply for one. I know you're not there for much longer, but you'd probably get a few hundred dollars back from the rent tribunal. You're paying rent for a 2 bedroom apartment, and living like there's only one, since they won't fix the problem and now you can't utilize all of the space in your apartment for fear of water damage. I'd add in a value for dry cleaning/replacing anything that was damaged too. Email me if you have questions, I've done some landlord ass-kicking through the tribunal in the past 🙂


  4. Becca – yeah, DH is going to call the property management company tomorrow.

    Dr. O – exactly right!

    Lyss – we'll see what happens when DH calls them tomorrow.


  5. That sucks. I'm so glad you woke up in time, as it could have been worse – but what a drag. Good luck with all the follow-up and landlord ass-kicking!


  6. I can't believe that! We just had a leak in our roof in the house and it was minor and I can't imagine how bad this is…especially when they just won't fix it. Hope the next 5 weeks comes fast for you 🙂


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