The Hidden 3rd Floor Apartment Problem

February 16, 2009 at 5:06 pm (Uncategorized) (, , , , , )

Now to me, aside from hauling stuff up and down stairs relentlessly while moving in or while buying groceries, it’s hard to go wrong with a 3rd floor apartment. But I had a situation that’s now been stretching for several weeks that’s such a pain in the rump, I felt the need to write about it.

My apartment is pretty nice. It’s been kept well since when I moved in and have only had very minor issues. That was before I discovered their “ice situation”. We had been experiencing ice, then melting, then freezing, then more melting, then freezing again. Consequently, because I had a 3rd floor apartment with a bay window that sticks out, ice found it’s way under the shingles on the roof and into my apartment above the bay window. It wasn’t a problem until we experienced another melting period. Suddenly my wall was developing huge cracks and water was coming out of the walls in three different places! My ceiling was staining a strange brownish, yellowish color. I called maintenance right away. They offered these reassuring words, “Oh, damn, this has been happening at all of our 3rd floor apartments.”

So there you have it. Though I doubt this is solely a 3rd floor problem, it definitely seems to swing to the majority of the ones in my complex having it. Never in a million years would I have stopped to think about that as a possibility. They are now in the process of putting mud back on my walls. Then they will have to sand it down and repaint. And sanding with all the dust that comes with it is never pretty.

So heads up!

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