this is me now

February 12, 2008

When your Apartment Floods…

Filed under: "ehhh" days,learning,roommates — by heatherdc @ 8:37 pm

…many unpleasant and unwanted situations will result.

Yesterday morning a pipe in the ceiling above our bathroom decided to burst. This left inches of water in our living room, one bedroom, and all over the bathroom. Luckily Crazy was home to take care of things! I can safely assume that I would have freaked out, ran down to the office and yelled at somebody. She chose the more logical path, teaching me a few things about how to handle a situation like this.

First, call somebody who can do something (i.e. the Maintenance people?). Then, take some action….

-Turn OFF the Power ( I never would’ve thought to do that….) to avoid being electrocuted. Nobody wants that. Especially when you are standing in water. Ehhh, not good.

-On that note, remove all electronic things from the floor! In this situation, that happened to be LB’s computer. Normally it is sitting happily on her desk, but on this particular morning it was in the living room from the night before. Problem. No worries though, Crazy is smart, and thought of that right away! Another reason that my apartment is lucky that I’m not the one who happened to be home…..

It’s also a good idea to unplug everything, because you won’t want to be doing that later while everything is wet.

-Do NOT try to use towels to soak up the water. Inches of water will win this battle every time.

-Remove all other valuable belongings from the floor, if possible.

Fortunately for us, the only things that got damaged were a few rolls of toilet paper. Lesson learned: don’t keep TP on the floor?

-Put on some rainboots, and head on down to the office to explain that your apartment is currently Flooding. Right Now.

They will say things like, “Why? What did you do?”
You will want to say things like, “ARE YOU KIDDING ME?!”
Please refrain. Keep your cool. People don’t want to help you if you are mean.

We are currently living in 100000% humidity, with very loud fans and very wet carpet. FYI Maintenance people: the fans are not doing anything. We can’t open the windows, because it is Zero degrees outside, therefore the wet air is circulating and driving us crazy.

The only good thing to come of this so far has been eating dinner with the “fam” (all roomies) in the “Fun Zone” (aka LB’s room), because it’s so noisy in the living room that you can’t hear yourself think.

I came home from work and dinner was waiting for me, yummm! We all fixed ourselves a steak fajita and watched “That 70’s Show”. 🙂 Good stuff.



  1. very good stuff! minus the swamp that is our living room!

    Comment by L B — February 13, 2008 @ 1:14 am |Reply

  2. sounds like you guys came out of this ok. but, just another something to look back on and laugh in a few years.

    Comment by mikesgotnothin — February 17, 2008 @ 4:22 pm |Reply

  3. […] you may know, our apartment flooded last week, and the damage continues. In the last week we have had de-humidifiers, […]

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