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Thursday, July 28th, 2005
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So I was sitting in my bed, getting ready to read some Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. Picked up the book, and felt a small splash on my arm. Gah, I must have spilled water on the book! this book is dry.

Drip... drip.

I had been hearing popping sounds all evening. I figured the passing thunderstorm must have done something to affect my soundsystem, since it seemed to be coming from my rear left speaker. It was not my speaker popping.

(02:46:38) capnkev ii: MY CEILING IS LEAKING ONTO MY BED
(02:46:43) capnkev ii: Haha, this is kind of funny I guess

I've never had this happen before, but it seems easy enough. I got out some duct tape, found the leaks, and taped over them. Then I shut off the water. There, now I can deal with it in the morning. But just in case... let's move this bed out of here.

So, after playing tetris with the furniture in the living room, I go back in to check on my ceiling. And there is a bulge growing next to one of the taped-up leaks. Well, I'll tape over it just to be sure. The water is turned off, so I've probably got nothing to worry about. But just in case... there's a big bucket upstairs, let's go grab it.

On the way back down, I can hear *pssssshhhhhh*, the bulge has spread out across 1/4 lengthwise of my ceiling to find an existing hole and is pouring out. Really, my timing wasn't too bad. Nothing important got wet.

At this point, I rocketed over the stairs and to my parents room; woke them up and let them know there was a potentially bad problem with the house.

The bulge was continuing to grow, edging its way towards the corner of my room containing my computers. I'm marking it as it goes and kinda freaking out. It takes about an hour to dismantle my computer system if I wanna move it. The water has been turned off for a while now, and we have no idea where this is coming from. So, after emptying out the first bucket, I make a small hole in the duct tape near the lowest point of the bulge. The hole needs to be widened several times over the next hour, but the growth stops and eventually there is no more leaking.

Now during this time of sitting around, watching water leak out of the ceiling, wondering if there was AN END to it... I learn that before the storm hit, my dad filled the bathtub with water, so we could have it in case the power went out. But he forgot to turn off the faucet. Fortunately, the tub has some kind of overflow mechanism. Apparently, my dad remarked to my mom something like "good thing it has that overflow protection or Kevin would have been in trouble!" And THAT is what changes it from "kinda funny I guess" to "pretty damn hilarious actually".

So, our theory is that whatever this overflow mechanism is, it doesn't work. A lot of the water collected in my ceiling until it got too heavy and leaked through. This is supported by the fact that we've had the water turned back on for over an hour, and nothing else has come out of my ceiling.

Nice surprise, huh? I estimate I got a good 3-4 gallons out of that ceiling :P

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[User Picture]From: price
2005-07-28 11:38 am (UTC)
FYI, you probably just need to put some plumber's putty around where the pipe for the overflow mechanism meets the tub. Ymmv, corroded pipes may also be an issue. A cheap fix if you can test this, though.
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[User Picture]From: kartos
2005-07-28 04:45 pm (UTC)
but... what if that was the overflow mechanism?
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[User Picture]From: czircon
2005-07-28 04:53 pm (UTC)
kvance in: Dark Water
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[User Picture]From: wikle
2005-07-29 02:32 am (UTC)
Heh when you have a cieling leak on you, you really go all out... Such an over achiever.
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[User Picture]From: suppafly
2005-07-29 03:23 am (UTC)
the overflow is usually that round metal circle in the end under the faucet.. unfortunately (much like the overflow hole on the bathroom sink) it isn't really designed drain water fast enough if the water if running very hard.. its more for when you get in the tub and the water is displaced.
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[User Picture]From: kvance
2005-07-29 04:10 am (UTC)
Ah, that makes sense. Thanks.
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