Good question: How to protect home against flooding and not to flood the neighbors
The apartment of my mother-in-law was flooded four times. Every time it happened at night and the water was boiling – it raised flooring “for the buck” and made scalded wallpapers on the wall roll in folds. Of course there are a lot of advantages in this situation: there was no need to wield with industrial hairdryer in an attempt to peel off the wallpapers. Yes, and we were forced to buy new furniture (otherwise it would serve another twenty years). But who has ever changed the floor of the apartment, when there is no place to move out while repairment is in process, will understand: the flood in the neighbor’s apartment can become your pain in the neck. And a serious blow to the wallet, without mentioning the nervous system.
If you do not have the desire to come back home one day and see your favorite slippers swaying on the waves, swimming out of the bedroom into the living room, it’s time to think about security. Protect yourself from the negligence of the tenants from the top, and at the same time make sure that your carelessness will not cause leaks in downstairs neighbors’ apartment.
HOW NOT TO ADD PROBLEMS TO OTHERS?
- Make a good repairment
According to statistics, most often the main causes of flooding are rotten pipes, low-grade mixers and worn valves. Therefore, their replacement should not be delayed in any case, because the cost of the new material and the installation will be much more modest than the sum of the resumption of repairs not only in his own apartment, but also at downstairs apartments of many neighbors. Buy only high quality faucets in good retail outlets.
Tip: Consult your plumber if your pipes and risers need to be replaced.
- Close the valve
Banal, but, nevertheless, effective advice: block the water when leaving the house, especially if you are going on vacation or a weekend. Close the valves on the pipes in the bathroom and in the toilet, do not leave the washing machine or dishwasher to complete the cycle of the program (even if you go to the shop for half an hour). And do not start their work in your absence in the delayed start mode. On the contrary, water access valves for household appliances should be overlapped every time after usage.
- Waterproof your apartment after replacement of the bathroom
“There was one case in my practice: in the new house the bathroom was enlarged at the expense of the corridor. This apartment is located on the 16th floor in a nice residential complex . In the project I directed the contractor to make the floor of the apartment (82 square meters) completely waterproof. I have made a drawing of the floor, on whish serking covered 20 cm of the walls. Neither my client nor object foreman did not share my desire – it seemed that it was “unnecessary and included additional expenses.” It cost me some effort, but I was able to convince the customer of the need to carry out this operation, and waterproofing of the entire apartment was made. The construction work was finished, my client has moved to a new apartment. A few months later water and traces of flooding appeared on the entrance walls. The management company has found the cause of the leak in the customer’s apartment, his contractor made a poor quality weld of one water feed. Waterproof layer did not allow the water to go to the neighbors or to stay in the apartment of the customer – the water went into the entrance, which saved my customer from the high costs of litigation with 15 apartments, located downstairs. It is easy to imagine how happy my client was”.