And Then Comes The Flood

Another week of "I wish I knew what to say."

Last night, I was enjoying the sounds of the rain against the windows of my loft. Around 11pm, I noticed something odd. There were ping-ping sounds coming from the rear of my loft - but there aren't any windows there.

My bathroom was flooded with water falling from a vent in the ceiling.

I ran upstairs to see if my neighbor's toilet had overflowed or something like that... but as soon as I opened the door to the hallway upstairs, I knew this was bad.


There were three of them in the center of the hall catching water falling through the ceiling.

Oh god.

Basically, I live in an eight story building, and the roof is having a catastrophic failure. Water is passing through the roof and then flowing through the walls until it reaches where the walls meet the floor. Since floorplans vary from floor to floor, anywhere there is a wall in the unit above, it leaks. From what I've been told, just about every unit is experiencing flooding, from the eighth all the way down. I'm on 4.

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Thank god for trash. And oranges (oops!). No, really.

The first thing I did last night was empty my kitchen trash can and use it as a bucket to catch the water falling from my bathroom ceiling. As soon as I trapped the flow of water from above, I ran over to Safeway and bought cans and cans of mandarin oranges. It was the cheapest canned thing I could find (they were on sale). I used the cans to prop up my stuff in my basement storage locker to avoid damage from water on the floor (a good idea, I thought!) (oops - fixed - see comments - grin), and I tossed trash bags over my stuff to protect from water from above. As for in my loft, I'm staying put, emptying buckets as need be and watching for new leaks.

For now, I'm not sure what else I can do.



Fuckity FUCK.

I should be thankful I'm just a renter, but I love living here. I have what might be the greatest landlord in the history of landlords, and frankly, I couldn't afford to move if I had to. I've definitely been priced out of downtown. Nice places under $800 are pretty much gone (not to mention places that allow pets).

I just wish I knew what happens next. In the meantime, it's still raining from my bathroom ceiling, and I'm hoping it doesn't spread.


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Thank god for CDs. And commenters. Really!

Behold, my crap CD rack, used mainly to hide the litterbox which sits behind it.

Ooh. Crap CD rack. That's kinda punny!

Notice the missing row of disks?

Basically, I ripped them apart, removing all paper (and the disks themselves). Stacks of plastic CD cases are now propping up my stuff in basement storage, just in case it floods again. Thanks to Sharkbait, who pointed out the obvious about propping my stuff up with cans.

Cans rust.

"Even cans of mandarin oranges?"

Even cans of mandarin oranges.


Oranges are tastier than CDs anyway.

::::: | Tuesday, Nov 07 2006 at 9:29 AM
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J said:

I received a notice on my door this morning asking to check for leaks as this is the first storm my building has endured and to report any leaks immediately. Thankfully there were none.

::::: | November 7, 2006 12:29 PM

Mari said:

Holy crap! If there is anything I can do to help, let me know -- If nothing else, we have a lot of 5 gallon pickle buckets and empty cat litter buckets that we can loan you... We also have a wet-dry vac!

::::: | November 7, 2006 12:48 PM

Sharkbait said:

Be sure to put something in between your stuff and the cans and between the cans and the floor, otherwise you'll end up with rust circles on everything.

God, that situation sounds like hell. I feel for you. Get renter's insurance ASAP.

::::: | November 7, 2006 4:09 PM

Me said:

Ahh crap. Good call. That never occurred to me. Thanks for the tip - I'll do it.

Holy crap am I tired. I didn't get much sleep at all last night, but tonight is looking better. The problem isn't fixed - I mean, wow. Fixing a roof will be pretty major. But the rain has slowed or maybe even stopped, so the water has slowed to a slow drip. At least for now.

::::: | November 7, 2006 5:36 PM

Hydra said:

Yuck! My sympathies. That really blows!

::::: | November 7, 2006 11:07 PM

Mari said:

The crappy thing about Renter's insurance is that a lot of them don't cover flooding or water damage :( I just got a notice about that a few months ago reminding me of that...

::::: | November 7, 2006 11:30 PM

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