I woke up this morning looking forward to going to a birthday party later this evening.
Made pancakes for breakfast, tidied up, decided I'd wash the dishes, because I hate coming home to a dirty sink.
I have one of those taps where you lift the handle to start the water flow.
Turned this handle to the left because that connects the hot water, and as I turned it, the silly thing lifted itself, too fast, too high, now it's broken and won't shut off. Stoopid tap!
(since the sink was now half filled with hot water, I washed up the dishes as the water continued to fill the sink)
I've turned it all the way to the right, for cold water, and pushed it back down as far as it will go.
The water is still running. About a litre a minute. A litre!! I put a jug under it and measured.
I suppose I could stand beside the sink and hold that handle down for as long as it takes.....
I've called maintenance and said this is an emergency and they will send a plumber, but it may take up to 5 hours before he gets here. In the meantime I should shut off my water supply. I frantically ran around to the few neighbours that I know speak English and asked if there was a shut off tap and where would it be? One didn't know, one wasn't home, the third neighbour said there isn't an individual shut off tap per flat.
Well, I can't just shut off the water at the mains, even if I knew where that was. Too many people would be affected, some of them with mental health issues, they just wouldn't understand what was going on. Like my back door neighbour who never knows what day it is and frequently runs out of food because he doesn't know he should go and buy some....
So I'm stuck here on the internet, whinging again, because I can't even shower in case the plumber knocks on the door. If he does take 5 hours to get here, I'll be missing the birthday party. If he comes and does the repair early enough I'll still get there, but I texted the hostess just in case, she said "no worries".
So now I wait.
Luckily I'm not one of those people who has to pee every time they hear running water.
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