Getting any kind of repair done to your flat here is a big to-do. In our particular case, we usually contact our landlord and he would make arrangements for a company to come out and do what needs to be done. For the most part, they get here on time, get the job done and go on their merry way.

After getting back from London, we had repairmen set to come during the course of this week. I knew that the first set were going to be a quick one, because they were only here for a yearly check on our water heater.

The next one is a bit more complicated. After snow melts and heavy rain, there is a consistent leak at our front door. Usually it doesn’t come into the flat, but when it does it’s a pain in the butt to clean up. So after taking numerous pictures and our landlord going back and forth with the building management, we got them to come out on Wednesday. They started with the roof and tried to emulate a rain storm with a water hose. When that didn’t work, they started to tear down the ceiling in front of our door. And when that didn’t do it, they had to take down the ceiling in our entry way. After a day and half of pounding on the roof  and tearing down ceilings, they finally found the problem.  They said that the problem would be “quite difficult” to fix. Oh wonderful. So as I sit here on day three, and none of the workers showed up because they don’t tell you the real important facts, like when they are leaving and when they will be back. I pray that the roof part is fixed enough so that if it does rain this weekend, Hubs and I won’t have a waterfall coming into our apartment. Oh the joys of living on the top floor!

Let’s hope that they show up Monday…

Close up of the hole on the inside of our flat

Yes, because the flimsy taped plastic will really help if it downpours!


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