We've had our share of issues...
- There was a fire in the unit at the end of our building. That was only a couple months after we moved in, and it forced Tom and T out of their place entirely for a period of weeks while repairs were made in their master bedroom.
- Water leaked from the roof into T's condo, running through the walls, and causing serious damage. That damage resulted in a major rehab of the main bathroom, and included tearing out and replacing walls.
- There was also water damage in T's master bedroom, closet and bath... another major repair.
My side of the household has been, generally, less challenging. I seem to have flaky electrical systems. Lots of flipped circuit breakers and the like, but nothing too serious. I've been lucky until recently. A few weeks ago, I began to notice water stains on my bathroom ceiling. It was fairly minor at first, and very diffuse -- spread over the area above my own shower. I went to talk to my upstairs neighbor, and after some back and forth, her plumber determined that it was an issue with the grout in her shower. They redid the grout, and repainted my ceiling, and it all seemed fine. Then, a few days ago, I noticed a small spot on the ceiling -- a spot, about 2 inches in diameter and fairly faint. It was so inconsequential that I wondered if it might be a spot that had simply not been well primed prior to the previous repaint. I figured I could get it with some KILZ and repaint it myself, and there would be no big problem. Life went on apace for a couple of days, and then, yesterday, I stepped into the bathroom and saw, to my horror, that the little, tiny water spot had expanded to a definite stain about 2 feet across!!!! Obviously -- a big problem was brewing in my ceiling.
Tonight, my master bathroom is occupied by a high powered fan and a gigantic dehumidifier (and the cats are totally freaked out). It should be three or four days until everything dries out. Then they will repair the wallboard, re-texture the ceiling, and repaint as necessary. Hopefully, by the middle of next week, I'll be all fixed up and back in action.
I know this is not a crisis, and I understand my ceiling hole is hardly an interesting topic here, but there it is ... the hot and sexy parts of this thing we do.