We had a nice rain around noon yesterday. Here’s what it looked like from my bedroom window:

We’re always happy to see it, but life is seldom perfect. A few minutes later I was on the phone in my study when I heard a strange noise, looked around and saw water pouring down from the overhead light fixture. I ran to get some containers and took this video when the water had stopped pouring and was only dripping.

To be on the safe side I taped over the light switch to remind me not to turn it on and then phoned maintenance. They came right over to look and said once it stopped dripping it would be completely safe to use the light. They would work on the roof next week, after the rains stopped.

They said to keep the containers handy in case it rained again. No problem there, I’m just glad I don’t have to deal with it. 🙂


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8 Responses to Rain!

  1. Rummuser says:

    Leaking roofs in the affluent USA? Hard to believe. I thought that it was a third world phenomenon!
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  2. tammy j says:

    a little scary when it comes from an electric light outlet.
    but isn’t it wonderful to live in an apt and the ‘fix-it’ is someone else’s responsibility! after the upkeep of my cottage… even as small as it was…
    i’m glad to leave that all to someone else now. expense wise and stress wise.
    alas. no thunder or rain last night or today. but it’s nice and CLOUDY!
    that in itself is a GIFT. it’s to be close to 100 again today. 98 I think. with high humidity. so am happy staying in the A/C!
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    • Jean says:

      I do hope you get some rain! And that it cools off.

      Yes, it was startling to see the downpour. We may have problems in the living room too, the ceiling is showing signs, but that would be just a normal leak. Anyway, no end of excitement and the pleasure of not having to worry about fixing it ourselves.

  3. I’d be upset at the location of the leak, but glad you were assured the light was fine to use. My theory about roofs that leak after a dry spell, do so because the wood shrinks, and cracks appear. No expert by any means, but I’ve seen it happen!
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    • Jean says:

      Flat roofs around here are notorious for having problems. This isn’t the first time it’s happened to ours, and it won’t be the last. But hopefully not for a long while.

  4. Cathy in NZ says:

    sometimes the actual hole-entry is not directly above where it comes in – as the water will run along the internal structure until it finds a gap.

    I like you like to be able to call someone to who will just come and fix – indirectly I would pay for it if there was a rent rise, but most of the time it seems like it’s plain ole maintenance issues. This last time, it was something the property managers should advised me about – I wrote to Aman… about it saying “do not assume we (gen tenants) know how something should work…”

    • Jean says:

      Yes, the last thing we need right now is to worry about leaky roofs, etc. We have more fun things to do with our lives. 🙂

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