We have a water leak in the apartment!
Yesterday we went out wandering around town and when we got back to the apartment we noticed that there was a little bit of water on the floor in the hallway. We checked our footwear in case we had stepped in the water somewhere but all was dry. When we put pressure on the floor lots more water seeped through the vinyl tiles.
We could see that it covered an area of about 2 x 1 feet and so we called the building concierge to report the issue. She was a little alarmed that we had water on the floor and said she would send maintenance up. About ten minutes later a guy turned up and looked at the water and said he knew what it was. Apparently, the water meter is located in the wardrobe in the hall and another apartment had had a similar problem which turned out to be a leak from the meter. Great, we thought, easy fix.
But no, he checked the meter and it was fine. He was then left scratching his head. The obvious answer was the bathroom which although not adjacent to the leak, was in the general vicinity, but he checked the bathroom and there was no water there. He then checked one of the wardrobes in the bedroom which is exactly on the opposite side of the wall to the leak, and it too had water on the floor. He decided that the leak must be coming from upstairs, so went off to investigate.
Returning about ten minutes later he said that the person above would not let him in without 24 hours notice! I asked if this was classed as an emergency as that would enable him to enter regardless, but he said he didn't know. By now he was totally flummoxed, so called his colleague.
When Mark arrived he said that he had gotten into upstairs and there was nothing there to indicate it was from there, so back to square one. They then decided that it must be the bathroom, so he looked at the plug and decided to reseal it just in case. He then asked us not to use the bath/shower until tomorrow to see if the water went away, proving it was an issue with the bathroom. So, we had to use the other bathroom in the meantime.
So, onto today. We had to use our other bathroom for showering last night and this morning, but on the bright side, there was no water in the hallway or wardrobe, yeah! We then saw Mark again and he told us that we needed to fill the bath with water and leave it for a few hours to see if it leaked again. If there was no leak, we then needed to release the water down the plug and see if there was leaking after that.
Apparently, if the leaking happened whilst the plug was in it would be a plug issue, which is easily fixed by exchanging the plug mechanism, but if the water only leaked after the water was flushed through the plug, then it was a drain issue which could be a real pain in the ass!
We are now at the stage where the bath has been full for three hours and we have no leak. we are going to leave it for another hour or two, but it's not looking like a simple solution at this stage. Well, it wouldn't be would it, it's us!