Tuesday, February 23, 2010

The Tale of El Nino and the Leaking Roof

Once upon a time, there was a family with 2 parents and 4 children. After having to move unexpectedly into a small apartment, they found a new home! While preparing for the long awaited move, El Nino struck!

It rained and rained. After a few days, water started dripping out of the smoke detector onto the floor of the master bedroom. No problem, said the parents. They put a bowl under the leak and called the leasing office. The next evening, after coming home from a long day of cleaning the new, but messy home, the mother found a note on the door stating that the problem was resolved and roofers were called. However, her bowl still sat on the bedroom floor. She dumped the water and left to pick up her children from school.

She returned home an hour later in the pouring rain to smoke detectors blaring, cats freaking out, and rain pouring out of the smoke detector. She called the management office and maintenance was quickly dispatched. The maintenance man took down the smoke detector (which stopped the horrendous noise) and began to leave the apartment. The mother insisted on having her bowl replaced with a bucket. The only item the gentleman could find was a metal planter, but it did the job.

The following afternoon, the mother returned home after a long day of painting the new home. As she was gathering laundry, she brushed up against her bed and found it drenched. The leak had travelled and was now coming down on her bed! She put the same bowl under the leak, and called the office again. Someone was dispatched, and again, her bowl was left to take care of the leak.

After some haggling and the parents sleeping on the couches for a week, the family received 3 days rent credit, the depreciated value of the mattress, and moved out a week early to the new house.

Here are a few pictures of the leaks. It was much more impressive when you viewed it with our bed, etc., but I didn't post those. Enjoy!