I'm sitting here at home, waiting for a plumber.
I sat here at home all day yesterday, waiting for a plumber.
Last Wednesday, while I was out, the water supply must have been shut off for a while, because when I got home and tried to fill the kettle, (yes, Andrew, the new kettle),the pipes banged with air bubbles and the water was all spurty for a few seconds. And it was dirty.
So I left the tap running, went into the bathroom and turned on the shower, the basin taps and flushed the toilet, to clear the air from the pipes. All of them made that awful banging thump as spurty water rushed through, but there was an added sound from the cistern as I flushed the toilet.
Then the toilet wouldn't stop running. The tank filled up and when it was full, the overflow kept running into the toilet and I tried to turn off the water at the little tap on the pipe, but that didn't work.
I went to the housing office first thing yesterday, was there before they opened, and went straight to their direct-to-maintenance-phone, explained the problem and asked for a plumber. Then I came straight home to wait.
So I've been listening to running water since Wednesday evening, trying to ignore it. I phoned Housing again this morning to remind them I was waiting for a plumber and the nice girl on the other end of the phone said someone will be out between 8am and 4pm, which made me laugh a bit, since it was already 10am when I phoned.
I also ran an empty cycle in the washing machine, to be sure the water would run clean the next time I needed to use it. I really didn't like the amount of thumping coming through those pipes, that kind of pressure has been known to damage washing machines.
I watched the water sloshing around in there for a few minutes and was surprised by the amount of suds it generated. I hadn't added any detergent, so this must have been built up residue from previous washes. I'm wondering now why the residue didn't wash out during the rinsing cycles. Whatever the reason, I'll be using less detergent in the future.
The important thing about having the water turned off, is having at least one of your taps turned on and left on until the water begins to flow again. That way there is no air build up in the pipes. I'm not sure if the plumbers these days know about that, or if it is just too difficult to go to every affected flat and ask each person to leave a tap turned on.
Probably the latter, since many people, like I was, may be out at the time. And of course a plumber can't wait until conditions are ideal before he fixes the problem he was called for.
I'm guessing P's toilet got fixed last Wednesday, because I had let housing know that it was leaking.
Today there are painters there, so maybe next week I'll have a new neighbour.
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