Water Leaking Issues

I seem to have the worst luck when it comes to water leakage and the almost total destruction of my property.

At my old condo where I lived for about five years, from the moment we moved in, there was a water leak in the ceiling by my solarium window. The problem was that the condo manager kept changing every few months for some reason and no one would pass anything on and I would have to start all over. When we had moved in, we were re-doing everything in the place and the last piece left was to get the ceiling done, which we couldn’t do until the leak was fixed. finally after three years, it got fixed.

THEN towards the last year or so, there was this major leak in my guest bathroom. At first I tried to fix it myself with my roommate. Her dad is a total DIY-er and told her and we fixed it together. That lasted for a few months when I out of the blue one day, I heard this drip drip dripping sound. At first I thought it was just the cats playing with their toys. The drip then became this steady rush of water and I thought, well, that’s strange. I never leave the water running. So I go to investigate and my whole bathroom ceiling had collapsed and fell (luckily) into the tub. They fixed it quickly. And then a month later, I heard the rush of water again and again my ceiling collapsed, though not as bad as the first time. It got fixed and then it happened again for a third time. It got fixed and it was about to start again for the fourth time, but by then, I was moving out, not my problem anymore.

Now that I am in my new place, I can see a water stain building in my guest bathroom, although this time it’s around my exhaust fan area. So if I am misfortunate enough to have a leakage, I am basically screwed. I should remember to keep the door shut before I leave in case it does happen just so the cats don’t try to eat the plaster. I can’t imagine that being any good for them! I reported it to the condo maintenance guy, but he said that without there being a leak, he can’t do anything about it. ARE YOU KIDDING ME? I have to wait for it to happen before you can do anything about it?? WTF??? Why is there no preventative work being done?

But fine. Ok. Whatever. So because I had to go and buy tickets today and basically run out right afterwards for my car tire change to winter tires, I decided that I would get the tires into the car the night before. Yesterday. I go and get them from my storage locker and when the ex had helped me move stuff down, the moron shoved all my winter tires to the back, which meant I had to move a bunch of boxes and empty bins out of the way to get them and then move them all back. WTF? But whatever. So I go to remove the empty plastic bins. Except that they were FULL OF WATER!!! There were smaller bins half tonne bins, in larger one tonne bins so I basically had 1 1/2 tonnes of water weighing down on my other boxes and they were pressing against the metal cage, the bottom plastic bin was cracking open and worst of all, they contained my photographs!! I couldn’t even move the bins and had to get maintenance to look into this for me.
He basically had no reason to give to me as to how this happened. I asked if it could be the giant metal pipe that was running over head right on top of where my bins were and he said absolutely not! There were no water stains on his piping. His suggestion was to pay attention to it often and when I see it happen again, call him asap. I don’t know how that is supposed to help me when all my stuff will already be destroyed :/

You know my dad was pretty smart and knew that this would be a possibility. At our old place, before placing things into the storage locker, we had some extra tilings we used for the foyer and he laid them down first so that if there was a mini flood, our items would have been somewhat protected. There are going to be a bunch of people going down to the storage locker and finding that a bunch of their stuff has been destroyed.

I can just hope that this was a freak accident and it never happens again. Also pretty grateful that it wasn’t worse. I realized that the bin right on top my bin with the photo albums were my old bsb stuff that I didn’t have room for!


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