“Time takes it all whether you want it to or not, time takes it all. Time bares it away, and in the end there is only darkness. Sometimes we find others in that darkness, and sometimes we lose them there again.” ― Stephen King .
Gloves, paper towels, buckets and mop clean up watery mess.
Four foot slice of ceiling cut away.
Shower curtain dangles beneath opening.
Leaking pipe hidden inside
Have you ever noticed that the middle of the night is the right time for things to go wrong and unravel quickly especially when it is a weekend night and there is virtually no one around to help you out of a desperate situation?
Last night I discovered much to my chagrin that a pipe in my bathroom decided to spring a leak and deposit a goodly amount of water on the floor near the tub drenching a bath mat, shower curtain and toilet bowl seat.
The boards overhead were filling with the escaping liquid and noticeably leaking along a four foot expanse of the ceiling. A staccato tap-tap-tapping sound filled the silence. The floor was getting wetter by the minute. The time was 11:35 p.m.
I immediately assessed the spread of the water and called the buildings emergency help line. I explained my situation to a sympathetic help line associate and she assured me that a plumber would be dispatched immediately and be there in about five minutes. I felt relieved.
Thirty five minutes later there was a knock on the door and the after hours plumber went to the room and assessed the damage. He knocked on the door of the unit above mine and returned telling me that there was no sign of leaking water there. He said he would have to cut away the ceiling board in my unit to effectively assess the situation.
Forty five minutes later he told me that one of the pipes had sprung a leak and that a pinhole opening in the pipe would need to be repaired…but not until Tuesday as this was the weekend and the water in the building would have to be turned off for the duration of the repair. The other tenants in the building would have to be notified .
After he left I cleaned up the watery mess from the floor and tub and tiles but felt uneasy as I finally got ready for bed and wondered if another leak would make an appearance before the Tuesday repair.
For many folks the darkness harbors ghosts, goblins, vampires and gremlins ….all those nasty characters that populate the pages of horror novels. For me a pin sized hole in a copper pipe poses enough of a threat to disturb my restful sleep.
Hopefully, Tuesday will arrive without incident. Who knows.
Writer’s Note: Why I chose these pictures.
The pictures I chose for this topic may seem a bit inappropriate . However the general theme “Nighttime” provided me the opportunity to visually explain to you the problems that I encounter during the wee hours of the morning . This was the fourth such episode for me involving free flowing water and the current weekly topic fit the bill nicely.
Anatomy of a flooding:
01/15/2014: Water heater on third floor breaks and water begins to trickle freely down bedroom wall and drenches carpet. (2 a.m.)
02/07/2014 Ceiling in bathroom fills with water and leaks because neighbor on second floor showers without using curtain. (6:30 a.m.)
02/08/2014 Ceiling again leaks from second floor…caulking in bathtub needed replacement. (7:12 a.m.)
09/26/2014 Bathroom ceiling fills with water and drenches floor, bath mat, shower curtain and walls. (11:35 p.m.)
I think you can more readily appreciate now why my choice of photos for this topic adequately describes my emotional state of angst regarding early morning episodes involving the unknown. Even Doctor Who has experienced his moments of dread during the wee hours of the morning. :)