Water Leak Woes, Part 3
Continued from Part 2 http://personapaper.com/article/18367-water-leak-woes-part-2
I was still fresh from a rather snarly exchange of correspondence with the jerk who owns the unit next door when my tenant contacted me with yet another issue--the upstairs tenants had flooded their bathroom, and there was once again water damage on the ceiling. I had given her the number of the upstairs owner previously because his tenants had been a huge nuisance--they are very noisy--and she called him.
He came to look at it and said he would come back and paint the ceiling, which obviously is the incorrect thing to do when there is a leak, but I was exhausted from all the previous nonsense, and I didn't pursue it, even when he didn't bother to come do that. My tenant let it go, as well, since the damage didn't get any worse. But about a month ago, she called to report that the carpet in front of the washing machine kept getting saturated with water, even when the machine was off.
I sent my guy back out, and he discovered that the drainage pipe of the washer was clogged, and he repaired it, including pulling up the carpet to dry it out. Before he even returned to replace the carpet and the folding door that he had removed, she advised me that the upstairs tenants were again up to their bathroom-flooding shenanigans, and this time water was literally pouring down through the exhaust fan in the ceiling of my unit. She attached a video to the email she sent--her daughter had filmed this torrent of water, coming down through the fan opening.
The ELECTRICAL fan, I might add.
She hadn't bothered calling the upstairs owner, since he had blown her off before, and I said this was a serious issue, anyway; not something he could fix by painting. I went over there this past weekend with my handyman, and we had a look. He removed the fan cover, and we found what we were afraid of: black mold. Basically, the upshot is that the ceiling will have to removed and everything will have to be cleaned out, and something will definitely have to be done to prevent such leaks in the future, because I can't just keep fixing the ceiling. And of course, the guy upstairs, or his insurance company, will have to foot the bill.
I sure hope I don't have to take TWO people to court.
So, clearly I must have done something to anger the water gods in a past life. I have always loved water, but I've had horrible luck with it over the past couple of years! Now that you have read the third part of my water woes saga, let's hope there isn't a Part 4!
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