Monday, November 02, 2009

Leaks Causing Trouble

Journalists are usually fond of leaks - the kind that lead to breaking news, that is. This writer came home from Seattle to discover the other kind had struck the household. This leak appeared in a part of the apartment that had never leaked in all the 18 years I have lived here. I'm told there was a big storm over the weekend when I was away, but I don't know what happened on the deck over my porch to cause this leak.

The enclosed porch is about 9 feet wide and 36 feet long and has 10 windows. It runs the whole length of the side of the building facing the street. There is a chronic leak at the west end that no amount of repairs has solved. The tiles routinely get soggy and fall down. Right now, the hole is secured with hardware cloth (to deter squirrels) and plastic held in place with binder clips. I made a small hole for the water to drip into a window box below. This after a new tile got soaked and fell down within an hour of installation.

But the east side, where I have a lot of stuff, has not leaked until last week. The landlord did not pick up when I called, so it is unresolved.

Meanwhile, late Friday my neighbor noticed water bubbling up out of the driveway.

It was running all down the driveway to drains in the back.

As time went by, water bubbled up in three or four other spots and the asphalt started cracking. A worker blocked off the section and we are awaiting the water company's response.
On Sunday, I relocated plants that might be in the way of the repair work. My ceiling leak became low priority in the face of the driveway leak.
All this is very distracting. I also have an incipent leak in the kitchen ceiling and we may be without water later today. So if blogging is spotty, you now know why.
Actually, the day before an election is very busy for campaigners but feels almost like a lull to newsgatherers. One more long day Tuesday and all shall be revealed - at least as far as the elections. There are lots of unanswered questions in Plainfield on fiscal matters, The Monarch, an IT hire, the budget, tenant issues and more. If anybody has some good leaks on these issues, let me know.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

your landlord sounds like conolly,another slumlord .and where is code enforcement in all of this?

5:22 AM  
Blogger olddoc said...

It is not only renters that have trouble with leaks but also homeowners. The repairs are no better than the repair persons willingness to look undedrneath and not rely on their expert examination of the outside.I hope the driveway leak is the watercompanyls responsibility not Connollys.

6:58 AM  
Blogger Rob said...

your humor is most appreciated on a Monday...per your "bad" leaks, fingers crossed!

8:08 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your statement that no amount of repairs has resolved. It should be restated that no amount of repairs done cheaply has resolved. Of course it can be resolved, it is that the landlord would much rather keep money in his pocket that be appreciatve of the people who put the money there.

9:38 AM  

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