It's raining in my living room. Help!
December 12, 2010 8:44 AM Subscribe
It's raining in Philadelphia and in the living room. What should we do?
posted by coppermoss to Home & Garden (13 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I am visiting my boyfriend, who lives in a rental apartment in Philadelphia. Last night it started to rain, and the 1st story living room ceiling started leaking. We traced the source of the water to a leak in the ceiling on the 2nd story -- there's a dryer vent that goes up into the ceiling/roof, and water was streaming in around the dryer vent. We couldn't contain that leak because of the placement of the dryers/pipes/etc., so we put buckets downstairs in the living room. Over the course of the night, the leak got worse and worse. Right now we're up to 6 buckets -- I estimate we've emptied over 100 gallons since 4 AM. [My boyfriend went to the hardware store this morning and MacGyver-ed a funnel-like device to divert some of the upstairs leak into the washing machine, where it drains away, and I think it helped. The stream from the living room ceiling has slowed, somewhat.]
Obviously, we've called the landlord many times with varying degrees of profanity and frantic-ness. He says he can't do anything until the people he has called (roofers, presumably?) call him back.
Sooo... what should we do in the meantime? A lot of the water is pouring in through the light fixtures. We're not turning the lights on, obviously. Are we still in danger of something electrical and dangerous happening? Should I worry about the washer and dryer falling through the living room ceiling? Do we just hang out and bail/mop, or should we evacuate?
[Other possibly relevant information: the boyfriend and his roommate have lived here for 6 months and the ceiling has never leaked before.]