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Water Main Breaks: Average Fix Time?

Sat Oct 07, 2006 1:58 pm

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...

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RE: Water Main Breaks: Average Fix Time?

Sat Oct 07, 2006 2:18 pm

have they even begun working on it?

did they give you a day? 5-6pm could mean any day next week.
 
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RE: Water Main Breaks: Average Fix Time?

Sat Oct 07, 2006 2:26 pm

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. . .
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RE: Water Main Breaks: Average Fix Time?

Sat Oct 07, 2006 2:29 pm

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.

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RE: Water Main Breaks: Average Fix Time?

Sat Oct 07, 2006 2:33 pm

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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RE: Water Main Breaks: Average Fix Time?

Sat Oct 07, 2006 4:09 pm

A water main broke at my apartment complex last week.. Took 3 days to fix.
 
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RE: Water Main Breaks: Average Fix Time?

Sat Oct 07, 2006 4:27 pm

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).

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RE: Water Main Breaks: Average Fix Time?

Sat Oct 07, 2006 9:11 pm

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.
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RE: Water Main Breaks: Average Fix Time?

Sat Oct 07, 2006 10:49 pm

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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RE: Water Main Breaks: Average Fix Time?

Sun Oct 08, 2006 3:49 am

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!

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RE: Water Main Breaks: Average Fix Time?

Sun Oct 08, 2006 3:51 am

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

Could be an infection..
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RE: Water Main Breaks: Average Fix Time?

Sun Oct 08, 2006 4:11 am

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

Wow.
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RE: Water Main Breaks: Average Fix Time?

Sun Oct 08, 2006 5:10 am

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

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RE: Water Main Breaks: Average Fix Time?

Sun Oct 08, 2006 8:19 am

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.

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RE: Water Main Breaks: Average Fix Time?

Sun Oct 08, 2006 8:20 am

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.

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RE: Water Main Breaks: Average Fix Time?

Sun Oct 08, 2006 8:48 am

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.

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