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water where it shouldn't be

We got home last night to discover a small bathroom water feature. Toilet-side waterfall. As far as we can tell, one of the pieces of cardboard that Tony the tiler had been using when he ran out of tile spacers had ended up in the cistern, jamming the ball-cock into the on position. The internal overflow, which had been installed at too high a level (by previous toilet owner, presumably) was working, but set to above the screw holes, leading to a constant trickle down the side, and a distressing downstairs bulge.

We stopped the drip, lanced the bulge and called the plumber. This morning I spotted a slow drip from the stopcock, too, now bucketed safely until it can be dealt with. Water where it shouldn't be and dampness, the scourge of British houses. The plumber was jaunty, as he re-set the toilet to safer levels. "I had a house that was flooded properly, it took three years to fully dry out!" I was feeling sick and tired after a weird food nausea incident earlier and was glad to get to bed. I'm feeling very odd at the moment.

Today, the new sink, and maybe even some of the (new, blue) floor.

bathroom progress problem 2 : water in living room


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21st Aug, 2009 12:03 (UTC)
I love the colour of those wall tiles.
21st Aug, 2009 13:01 (UTC)
Cobalt blue high gloss! They were a win in every tile shop we went to. There's an incredibly expensive but even prettier glass variant.
21st Aug, 2009 13:41 (UTC)
We will have to inspect your bathroom when it's finished. Ours is partly tiled in white and I like the idea of painting the walls that blue, for the same contrast as you have with the white bath.

(Glad the water damage wasn't more extensive.)
21st Aug, 2009 12:09 (UTC)
Kill 'em all, I say...And yes, tile colour is perfecto.
21st Aug, 2009 13:02 (UTC)
Not before they've fixed the mess and sorted out the bathroom, thanks...
21st Aug, 2009 12:34 (UTC)
I have a dehumidifier you can borrow if you need.
21st Aug, 2009 13:00 (UTC)
Thanks for the offer but hopefully we won't need more than the bagful of chemical ones I have already...
21st Aug, 2009 12:40 (UTC)
You did have a bit of a time last night, then
Bad luck on the leak and on the nausea. I also thought the fish smelt strong and unpleasant but then I'm not a fan of kedgeree anyway.
21st Aug, 2009 12:58 (UTC)
Re: You did have a bit of a time last night, then
I usually am, which made the experience doubly upsetting. Nothing quite like getting something as a treat and finding it to be inedible....

21st Aug, 2009 12:49 (UTC)
There are supposed to be rubber washers between the screw heads and the cistern to stop that particular type of leak. Hey ho new ceiling on the insurance.
21st Aug, 2009 12:57 (UTC)
No, I don't think so. It was a slow leak, and what water was there went straight through between plasterboards with no deformation of the ceiling. The bulge was just the ceiling paper, we'll let it dry and if possible leave it.
21st Aug, 2009 16:20 (UTC)
Nausea. Are you still feeling odd?
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