Bogged Down

I still have water here in my downstairs.  I can’t tell if I still have a leak or not because what happened when we noticed a problem was that there seemed to be a growing bubble of water under the carpet that would squish out if you stepped on it, but otherwise, hadn’t yet quite come up through the carpet.

Now we no longer have a giant bubble of water; instead it’s just spread out over more of the room, but is shallower.

I have a fan on it; as soon as I have towels that are dry, I have towels soaking it up.

Here is my question for you, internet, since the leak is/was so slow in the first place, and the amount of water rather large, how in the world do I tell if things are getting worse, staying the same, or getting better?

In other words, how can I tell if there’s still a leak, which would necessitate me staying home from work tomorrow to be here for the plumber to come back?

And also, why didn’t the Butcher fix this with his magic powers?

I mean, aside from the fact that he doesn’t have magic powers.

Edited to add:

So, I’ve sopped up the water as best I can with towels, put the towels in the washer on spin, and now they’re in the drier.  Once they’re dry, I’m going to sop up again and see if that seems like less water.

9:50–It does seem like a lot less water.  Towels were getting soaked, but not nearly as quickly as they were the last time and I think I have enough water up that, if I come down in the morning and any water comes up through the carpet and squishes through my toes when I step on it, I will know there’s still a problem.

This morning:

It’s definitely still seeping in.  This probably means that they’ll have to replace my hot water heater.  Can I just tell you how much I’m not looking forward to that?

Especially since I told the Butcher I’d take the day off work today to wait for the plumber, which means I’m the one who’s got to figure out what to do with the dog.

I hate this shit.  I really do.

19 thoughts on “Bogged Down

  1. Isn’t that the way it always is? You can get a man to secretly open up a business, but you can’t get him to detect leaks at home.

    Ginger, I feel like he did his part. I called him. He called the plumber. The decision about whether what’s in our dining room is new or old I guess rests with us.

  2. He needs to replace the carpet. You will end up with mold & mildew in your apartment. That is serious…it will make you guys sick.

  3. I’m with ‘coma. Wet-vac is the first step. Get your floor as clean and dry as you can manage. Then, depending on your landlord/lease terms, you’ve got two options. The first (if you think your landlord will disapprove, or there’s something in your lease that is relevant to the issue either way) is to call your landlord and describe the problem in detail and do whatever s/he says. The second is to cut open the carpet and get a good look at what is going on underneath it. If your floor looks relatively okay – just wet – then it’s probably new. If the boards are warped or rotted, it’s probably not new.

    If your landlord is going to get to it relatively quickly, then just keep it clean/dry as best you can without killing yourself. If they aren’t going to do it quickly, or it’s going to be your responsibility, then Ginger’s definitely got a point. Take up as much carpet as you can manage, and get someone out there to fix/replace/repair what you’ve got to preserve your lungs.

    (Disclaimer: I am in no way a handy-person! I’ve never cut up a carpet or anything of the sort. But I have a pretty good idea of what’s under them, and have seen people make some decent repairs to cut up sections)

  4. Don’t forget that you could shut off the water to the house. It’s a pain to go without water, but it could give you time to get a handle on things.

    Call the landlord back. You don’t own the property. It’s not your responsibility.

  5. I’ve got a small wet/dry vac you can use. The problem is getting it to you. Do we know anyone near say, Rivergate that might run it to you? Perhaps Sarastro has one? I’m in total agreement about the mold issue. Bad for you. [The Butcher] has got to help with this.

  6. I think we’ll worry about the wet/dry vac once I’m sure the cause of the leak has been found and dealt with. As for the Butcher, I sent him to work. I don’t know what else to fucking do. He dealt with it how he saw fit on Tuesday. Yesterday we still had some standing water, but it was nearly impossible to tell, unless he was going to stay home all day and measure, whether it was fixed. And those were his days off this week.

    I’ve got paid days off. He doesn’t.

    So, I’ll get in the shower, call the landlord, wait for the plumber, and see if I can’t rouse the Professor to come over here and help me move furniture if I need to and take the dog for a walk or something once the plumber gets here.

  7. Once the water is down below the point where a wet/dry vac is helping, you might want to buy some “Damp Rid”. Setting a few open containers right near the spill will help suck the moisture out of the air, helping the air to suck-up more moisture. This probably works better in a confined space?

  8. I ‘ve got to warn you that in this weather your carpet is going to reek like a wet sheepdog in about 2 days no matter what you do. Stop stressing about this and turn it all over to your landlord. You do not want to deal with a house that smells like New Orleans.

    Ex is right it is the landlord’s responsibility and why you pay rent instead of owning.
    I used to have an agreement with my landlord that if I took care of any repairs or repairmen on his behalf I got a percentage discount off my rent for that month.

  9. Ditto what saraclark said. You need to get the landlord in on it before the plumber, because you don’t want the landlord balking at paying for the repairs.

  10. If you have an ironclad lease, you can legally deduct the cost of necessary repairs from your rent. Use the “reasonable and prudent man” application to determine what is a necessary repair. I think this qualifies.

  11. Hee. It wasn’t you I was worried about. I’m just wary of landspeople in general, now.

    But yes… even if you pay for the repairs initially, or you call the plumber/carpet repairer/whatever before you talk to the landlord, you’re usually okay. I’ll grant that I don’t know Tennessee’s law nearly as well as California’s law, but we’re a pretty inhospitable state (to renters, unions, teachers, and most service personnel… pretty much everyone except the bus riders, for some reason), and it’s true here.

    So now your main concern is keeping your feet dry and making sure things happen in a timely manner.

  12. Ha! I guess Akismet doesn’t like bus riders. Can you snag my last post in this thread from the heap, please? You can delete this one for extra goodness when you’re done.

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