Entry 155: Silver Linings
This past Monday, I was relaxing on my day off with the usual perusing of the internet, when all of a sudden I heard the worst: a vast amount of dripping water in my apartment.
Going back a few weeks ago, the existing bulge in the bathroom's ceiling finally began to intermittently drip a few drops of water throughout the day, so little that it wasn't a concern. I submitted a "medium-level" maintenance request, so it would have been a week or so before they would have taken any reasonable action.
But on that Monday, it let it all out. I instantly knew where it was coming from, yet to my surprise, it wasn't the bulge that was leaking, but rather the ceiling vent. A pipe had burst and the water basically ignored the leaking bulge and traveled to the vent, pouring out water. A small bucket 'o mine seemed to work in collection, but it only got worse.
The amount of water could not escape the vent fast enough, so it traveled to the next best thing: the wall. To my horror, the baseboards began leaking water, slowing inching toward my living room, which had my mattress and electronics, and they lacked furniture.
In a fit of mad energy and panic, I used all of my towels to barricade the flow, barely able to keep it at bay. When I called the apartment leasing office, another misfortune struck; it was Monday, January 2, and everyone was observing New Year's Day by taking the day off, since it's not cool for a holiday to fall on a Sunday.
Even maintenance had the day off.
It felt like 30 minutes of battling this event, but it was most likely a few hours of mopping, calling different numbers, running to the leasing office, and trying to protect my stuff from water damage. It turned out my upstairs neighbor had a leak and it cascaded into my living arrangement as a result.
Fortunately, maintenance heeded my call and came immediately the next day to change the leaking pipe, which thankfully stopped leaking within an hour of the burst. The only sustained damage was my towels; all of my electronics and paperwork survived untouched. So even in the mist of peril, the total loss value not terrible.
A great way to start the New Year, though.