People talk about shit hitting the fan, but I mean it this time literally.
I had a job last week in a 6-unit townhouse. Usually in townhomes and condos, all the bathroom are lined up on top of each other in what I call a shit stack. So all the piping and tubes go down in a straight line. But in this particular townhouse, for whatever reason, the bathrooms were all in different locations, all over the place.
There was a 2nd floor unit in this townhouse, which had a different unit below them, and their toilet became loose. There was a hole in the cast iron pipe that everything goes into after you flush your toilet. The hole was right where the cast iron pipe goes into a 90 degree turn to go into another area. A hole was cracked right into it.
Right underneath the hole was a ceiling fan for the dining room in the unit below. After the hole cracked into the pipe, I estimate it took nearly 2 days of everything these people flushed going onto the installation in the drywall ceiling. Two days for everything they flushed to seep through the drywall until the weight got too heavy.
When the weight of all that water, urine, and shit got too heavy for the installation, it all just exploded through. It hit this lady’s ceiling fan in the unit below and flung excrement everywhere. It was absolutely disgusting. I walked in and I walked right back out.
I told the lady that she would need to get a hotel and I told my boss that we needed to get Service Master in here. Or I got to get into a biohazard suit or something. There was shit literally everywhere, all over the ceiling, the floor, and the walls.
The lady told me that she saw a water stain on the ceiling, but thought nothing of it. She thought that someone above her had a little leak or something. Well that little leak ended up being the excrement of the people above her. The smell was so foul, it was just wrong.
Take some advice: Never let a little leak or a little problem go (better yet, maintain where you live to prevent problems!), take care of it immediately or it could turn into a much bigger, much more expensive, excrement-filled problem!
What problems have you not taken care of that got out of control? When have your neighbors’ problems become your own?
Sidenote: The fact that I’m getting some spam comments (which I label as spam and don’t allow to post) makes me think that I’m picking up a little steam on getting the blog going. It’s a negative sign of success, but it’s a sign no less! Ha, that rhymed.