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Irritable flush

The handle/lever on my loo has been loose for a while now, and it doesn't always flush first time. Sometimes there's a bit of a knack to getting the thing to work. Frankly, I suspect it was badly assembled by the (no doubt cheap) plumber the landlord hired when the new bathroom was installed. He made a poor job of everything else so...

Anyway, the toilet packed up altogether late last night. No amount of jigger-pokery inside the cistern could get the damned thing to flush. Of course, a bucket of water poured into the pan does the job pretty well, but it's not ideal.

So I emailed the landlord last night, explaining the situation, and got a reply today. He says he's spoken to the plumber, and they'll be round Mon afternoon, if that's suitable.

So I emailed back, pointing out MY TOILET DOESN'T FLUSH. I didn't tell him I could flush is with a bucket of water, and he didn't suggest that, so as far as he knows.... I added that I know it's the weekend, and hence more expensive to get a plumber, but that I don't want to wait until Monday afternoon. I resisted the tempation to add that he wouldn't want to wait until Mon if it was his own toilet. The cheapskate just doesn't want to pay the higher cost of an emergency plumber for a tenant.

I'm waiting for a reply.



2nd Nov, 2007 16:09 (UTC)
Ugh, what rotten luck!

We recently had to replace yet another toilet here at the Funny Farm. This time, a member of the cleaning crew we had in apparently did something that cracked the tank in the master bathroom. She didn't tell us that anything was wrong and just shut off the water at the wall. Well, we went to use it later that evening and went to flush and there was no water! I turned on the water at the wall and suddenly the floor was drenched and it was all I could do to get it turned off fast enough before it leaked to the ceiling below!!

Of course this happens right before we're leaving for Europe, so I can't even call the cleaning company to complain until we get back. So we get back and Jon just replaced the whole toilet on Sunday. But the good news is that the cleaning company says they'll take care of the cost. (They are insured after all!) So this is good. But it sure was inconvenient to be without a toilet up there for a week and a half before we could get it taken care of! I can't imagine only having ONE toilet and it not working properly!!

I really hope your skinflint landlord gets it taken care of ASAP!

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