Monday 21 September 2020

Kim’s Apartment Wetted Itself

So, there I was, working away, minding my own business when I heard a gurgling sound coming from the kitchen sink.

Being that it was an old house and I wrote it off as an oddity of the place. It was Saturday and Kim was at work . . . working.

I was at her place working away on my latest version of my Budgeter, more specifically a budgeter to track what credit card expenses I have within each payperiod.

I’ll talk about that in a later blog post.

So, as I said, I was working away and the gurgling sound came from the kitchen sink. It was somewhere after 11:30 I would guess. 

Somewhere shortly before noon I went up to go to the bathroom yet along the way I stepped in water. That was when I noticed it . . . the puddle.

You see, Kim lives in a basement suite that has a back room where the laundry and storage is. It is quite convenient, yet since it is the basement it has the main drain down there.

That was where this water, which was dark in colour yet had lots of laundry fluff in it, so I am going with drain water that was dirty laundry water.

That puddle had covered half of the back room and was already in the living room and growing.

The living area is one large (okay not that large) “great room” so Kitchen, Dining Room and Living Room all in one.

That area was flooding with this ever expanding puddle of dark water.

I thought about grabbing towels to sop it up but thought that blankets would be more effective . . . and they would, but one problem . . . none of that was mine.

The last thing I wanted was to use “grandma’s hope blanket” or some other family heirloom to sop up dark water when, at this point the damage was already done.

So, I grasped the mop and mop bucket and started mopping up as fast as I could. The full buckets of water I tossed out onto the law outside.

I started from the outer edges of the water and moped forward, trying to corral the water back into the back room.

I also tried to call Kim but since she was at work she decided to turn her phone off and put it away. So, she didn’t learn about this until sometime after two.

I worked away mopping up what I could and for the most part it was done and mopped up by the time that Kim made it home (after her one client).

At last report a plumber was finally due to arrive late last night (after I went home) to snake out the main drain.

For the remainder of Saturday and all day Sunday we were not able to use the laundry or shower. We were able to flush the toilet and wash hands but that was about all that we risked.

It was . . . challenging . . . I’ll say for the Landlord to arrange to get a plumber down. Since I don’t know, as I am not Landlord and I will not put words in their mouth, I will not say otherwise.

At best Kim raised an eyebrow accompanied with a sideways smirk at the suggestion of “staying at my place.”

That and we almost went to a Laundromat to do some laundry, as she needs to get some work laundry done for work tomorrow (today).

All in all it was hectic and I can only assume that it was dealt with, but that is for Kim to update (as it’s her place).

As always: Keep your head up, your attitude positive, and keep moving forward!


  1. Sadly, the plumber ran into a major problem with a water main right before coming to my place, so it was delayed until today.

    The landlord was insisting that the bathtub was on a different drain (even though water had bubbled up, filling half the bathtub??), so he had me do a test of running water in the tub and watching the water level in the main drain (we took the cap off, as it wasn't doing much anyways, to allow it to drain better). I did so, and the water level started to rise shortly, so I stopped before I got flooded again.

    I did end up taking a shower, but with the plug in the bathtub. Hopefully it will all be sorted out by the time I get back from school today. (Work is tomorrow, fortunately.)

  2. And, it wasn't a sideways smirk,but a thoughtful consideration of the idea, but I had been assured that the plumber was on his way, and that all would be well...