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Water Main Breaks: Average Fix Time?  
User currently offlineUSAFHummer From United States of America, joined May 2000, 10685 posts, RR: 52
Posted (7 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 13563 times:

This is more of a rant post, but if anyone has an answer to the title of the thread, that would be appreciated as well...

Woke up this morning, tried to take a shower...no water comes out when I turn the knob, so I go and check and check all the other faucets in my apt...both sinks, nothing, toilet ain't flushing. Next step is to call the office and ask whats going on, and they tell me that there was a water main break and that my half of the complex is water-less because of it...ok, fair enough, but how long will it take to fix???? They say they aren't sure, but they give me a ballpark figure of around 5-6 PM...well yea, its now nearly 11, still no water, and Im just getting somewhat irritated...I've lived here for over 2 years, and this is the first serious problem with the apartment that has happened, so I suppose that's pretty good, but damnit, I need my water now...I need to do laundry, take a shower, and be able to use the toilet for #2...none of which is possible without good ol dihydrogen monoxide...

Greg


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User currently offlineBill142 From Australia, joined Aug 2004, 8451 posts, RR: 8
Reply 1, posted (7 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 13555 times:

have they even begun working on it?

did they give you a day? 5-6pm could mean any day next week.


User currently offlineFlyingTexan From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (7 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 13551 times:

Quoting USAFHummer (Thread starter):
Water Main Breaks: Average Fix Time?

I'd say it varies by jurisdiction.

Quoting USAFHummer (Thread starter):
use the toilet for #2...

shit happens. . .


User currently offlineAsstChiefMark From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (7 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 13546 times:

I've personally seen them go a whole three-day weekend before starting repairs. If they have the right parts, it takes a day to fix. If they have to order or drive somewhere to get parts, it could be another two or three more days.

Mark


User currently offlineLowrider From United States of America, joined Jun 2004, 3220 posts, RR: 10
Reply 4, posted (7 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 13543 times:

I have had two. First one was under the street and my apartment building was without any water for 4 days. The second one was at the foundation of my house and, on a Saturday, I found someone who had it fixed in about 6 hours.


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User currently offlineTransWorldSTL From United States of America, joined Mar 2006, 568 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (7 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 13522 times:

A water main broke at my apartment complex last week.. Took 3 days to fix.

User currently offlineRichPhitzwell From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (7 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 13519 times:

If we assume the water main break is on the AP side (Not city) then the actual fix is quick. PVC about 1 hr unless max dry time is initiated then about 12 hrs. Steel about 2 hrs total.

Factors,
getting a crew there.
Prepping the site.
Figuring out what is actually broken.
Getting supplies, is this in the plumbers inventory or do they now need to order the parts.
Fixing the break.

The actual fix is nothing, all other factors take the time. An AP Water main would only be a couple of inches (usually just on building).

Unfortunately for you, life sucks....


User currently offlineANCFlyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (7 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days ago) and read 13499 times:

Let me add this for your info there USAF . . .

If this were Alaska, according to Alaska Landlord/Tenant Lease Law, if the break occured on Landlord property, they are obligated - by Alaska law - to move you to another apartment at no expense to you until yours is repaired, or to move you to a hotel at no expense to you until service is restored. Same would go for heat, sewer, etc.

Might be worth checking your local laws for such information. Now that it's Saturday, you may not see a water main repair until after the week end . . .

Further, in Alaska, there are some instances in which you could go to a hotel and pay the charges yourself, and seek, via rent reduction, reimbursement from your landlord.

I've seen it done.

Edit: After quickly checking Colorado law - your profile says you're in COS - I find that the following exists:

Habitability Code - Habitability is the condition of a building in which inhabitants can live free of serious defects that might harm their health and safety (example - a lack of running water or heat adversely effects the apartment habitability). A Colorado Revised Statute does not exist covering this type code. There are a number of communities which have habitability codes. For more information check with the Community Development or Planning Office within the city where you reside.

http://www.thelpa.com/lpa/landlord-t...t-law/colorado-landlord-tenant-law

Unfortunately, I think unless COS, or El Paso County has ordinances for such issues, you're screwed until the landlord gets off their ass.


User currently offlineYooYoo From Canada, joined Nov 2003, 6057 posts, RR: 50
Reply 8, posted (7 years 11 months 2 weeks 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 13490 times:

Just be lucky that your building is still standing.  smile 

A water line broke up here once and was not noticed for some time. It washed out the soil under the buildings footings and made the building unsafe. The residents needed to be evacuated until engineers could look at the situation and come up with a "plan". I( believe they did some underpinning and pumped in some concrete to replace the unfit soil.

A water line can some some time to fix, depending on size of pipe , location. The biggest variable is the men who are working on it. Lets hope they are in a good mood. Right AC777LR?  Wink



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User currently offlineUSAFHummer From United States of America, joined May 2000, 10685 posts, RR: 52
Reply 9, posted (7 years 11 months 2 weeks 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 13475 times:

Thanks for the replies folks...looks like I might be in for the long haul then  Sad There was some hope this morning when the sink somewhat sputtered a little bit when I turned it on, but it quickly died again...I'm not sure if there is a crew working on it yet, my complex is fairly large and I don't know where the break is...

Quoting ANCFlyer (Reply 7):

Unfortunately, I think unless COS, or El Paso County has ordinances for such issues, you're screwed until the landlord gets off their ass.



Quoting ANCFlyer (Reply 7):

Edit: After quickly checking Colorado law - your profile says you're in COS - I find that the following exists:

Not sure where you got the idea about COS...I'm in Boulder which is 90 miles north of COS...but thanks for the research about state laws, I do appreciate it!

Greg



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User currently offlineMyt332 From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2003, 9112 posts, RR: 70
Reply 10, posted (7 years 11 months 2 weeks 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 13474 times:

Quoting USAFHummer (Thread starter):
no water comes out when I turn the knob,

Could be an infection..



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User currently offlineGo3Team From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 3267 posts, RR: 16
Reply 11, posted (7 years 11 months 2 weeks 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 13472 times:

Quoting Myt332 (Reply 10):
Could be an infection..

Wow.



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User currently offlineUSAFHummer From United States of America, joined May 2000, 10685 posts, RR: 52
Reply 12, posted (7 years 11 months 2 weeks 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 13464 times:

Good news: Water's back! Bad news: It's got a slight brownish tint to it...

Greg



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User currently offlinePlymSpotter From Spain, joined Jun 2004, 11655 posts, RR: 60
Reply 13, posted (7 years 11 months 2 weeks 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 13456 times:

Quoting USAFHummer (Reply 12):
It's got a slight brownish tint to it...

Sounds like a broken pipe to me, how long was it out for total?

Here in Plymouth half of the city was left without water for about a day after the main pipe blew a leak. I was heading down into town, and in the distance I caught sight of what looked like a huge fountain erupting from McDonalds, presumed I was wrong, but then when I got closer there was a foot high wall of water coming down the road! Sure enough the road surface had been blown apart by the 24 inch high pressure main letting rip, took them all day to get the supply restored and 5 days to get the pressure and everything back to normal.

Dan Smile



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User currently offlineAsstChiefMark From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (7 years 11 months 2 weeks 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 13456 times:

Quoting USAFHummer (Reply 12):
Bad news: It's got a slight brownish tint to it...

Here's an important tip from experience. That dirty water can make you or your pets sick if you drink it or it gets in orifaces while washing and bathing. It will also stain your clothes in the washer.

Turn on the cold water faucet in your bathtub and run it until it's crystal clear. Then do the same to the rest of your cold water faucets. Then shut them all off.

Your water heater is full of that bad water, too. Turn on the hot water faucet in your bathtub and run it until the water heater is empty. Then turn on the other hot water faucets in your house, run them for a while, then turn them all off.

Finally, run your washing machine for a cycle without any clothes.

Mark


User currently offlineTom in NO From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 7194 posts, RR: 32
Reply 15, posted (7 years 11 months 2 weeks 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 13451 times:

Since you live in apartment, you should have access to a very simple temporary solution as far as your toilet goes.....take the largest wastebasket you have and go down to the closest swimming pool. Fill it up, then pour it into your bathtub.
Do this as many times as you can. Then do your #2'sn and flush the toilt as usual (it will flush). Then refill the tank with water from your tub. Works every time.....

Btw, there are areas around N.O. that still have water main issues 13 after Katrina.

Tom at MSY



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