“There’s water dripping from the chandelier!!”
That’s not a good thing eh? Water and electricity. This is the day before I leave for vacation and there is water coming from the ceiling of my first floor. I live in a 3 floor townhouse, so it can’t be the roof can it?
I came home from work on a rainy
When I got upstairs I noticed that my third floor balcony is a pool!!! So I throw on some shorts and rip off my socks. Getting a towel, I lay it on the floor in front of the balcony and very slowly open the balcony door. Water starts to flow inward .. but stops at a ridge just before flooding my bedroom. So I’m ankle deep in water on my balcony hunting for the clogged the drain. After unclogging the drain, the water starts to move and I see yet another drainpipe from above my head. I find where it meets my balcony and discover a small trench for the water flow, CLOGGED with dirt. So I ran my hand along the trench and clear it of rich dirt. I go back in the house to deal with the chandelier. Upon getting back down stairs, I and hunting for something to collect the water while dealing my husband.
Me: “There is water coming from the chandelier!! Why would there be water from the chandelier? What should I do? “ (Notice no hello, no niceties.. just full on panic!)
By now I’m in a panic and can’t even think of WHERE the bucket or a pan is to catch the water. There is a small pond forming on the floor. Luckily I had moved my dining table towards the window for a party I had in the house a few days previous so it is dripping on the floor and not the table.
After some other frantic calls to my inlaws, some plumbers who aren’t available til at least 8 a.m. the next day, I call strata to get the “prescribed” person to come and possibly rip a hole in my ceiling. There were water spots in various other parts of my ceiling now. I ran out to get a pizza while hubby waits for the plumber. When I get home, they are upstairs on my 3rd floor balcony. The plumber tells us that it was the flooded balcony that did ALL of this. It is only water proofed 1 or 2 inches and so it seeped into the walls and ran down the inside of my second floor walls and that is why it was soaking my carpets. It looked for the point of least resistance and came out of the hole where my chandelier hangs. So the plumber tells us to poke some holes in the stucco ceiling to let the water/excess drain. So we did that in a few areas and then moved the furniture in the 2nd floor bedrooms away from the walls, found a set of needle nose pliers and used it to rip up the carpet from the floor. The inlaws came in the days following our departure and got it dried up for us.
So there were days of worry and some panic while we were in the early days of our vacation. But the house is okay (by report) so we continued to enjoy our visiting with the various ppl. The day after arriving at my mother’s, we piled into the car and drove across 3 provinces to my sister’s new house to see her family and to meet niece #3, a 4 month old. Previously I had only seen her via internet on webcam. Spent a full day with nieces and then drove to the Valley (
Now it is the last day before we fly out. In the morning we will go to church with my mother and then go for a mini-reunion brunch with girls from my high school, some of whom I haven’t seen since graduation or the year after. I’ll bet there have been a lot of changes in 16 years. Most of us have been married at least once and some have children. Should be interesting tomorrow.