Blocked Drains and Leaking Water Mains

So it started with an emergency call out to D Block to backed up toilets. The plunger didn’t sort the problem so got my drain rods n rodded the drains. I hit a blockage I was unable to pull up and out, so I called Dynorod who used better tools than I had, plus a camera. We found out the drains are collapsing and further down the pipe, erosion has caused rust which catches stuff as it passes down the pipe. (I will let your imagination work that one out) Dynorod cleared the pipe so the loos now flush and don’t back up!

Later, I got a call regarding a water leak in the canteen. Water was coming up through the floor in the kitchen. I attended and tried to turn off the water at the stopcock but it was well and truly jammed! WD40, a pair of mole grips and a hammer didn’t solve this problem, so I had to phone the water board to come and switch it off at their stop valve in the loading Bay.  Sadly I could not get to it as it was buried under a load of soil and we do not have the special key to turn the valve. After the water was shut off, I went to the supermarket for bottles of water for the kitchen. I then had to remove metal units from the floor and dig a bit to expose the pipe to repair it. I’ve filled the hole and fixed the lino. Thankfully the leak was in the washup area and not the main kitchen!!  After that, I got my wet and dry up and sucked up the water, which had flooded the floor.

I’ve been told that the floor does not need digging up, they can use a flexible liner of some sort and a balloon. Sounds a bit dodgy to me, though if the floor in D block does have to come up it will cause chaos, thanks to that awful substance called ASBESTOS!!!! The floor tiles contain it and are currently safe as they are not disturbed. (In the changing rooms) it could see D block shut for over a week, which means closing the swimming pool while the changing rooms have the asbestos removed. That will not be cheap and could cause problems.

Bubble Bubble Kids In Trouble!

So, my lot have managed to get themselves grounded, after flooding my kitchen; over the weekend. Someone (and no one at present has owned up to it) allowed the bath to overflow last night, causing the water to flood the bathroom floor, which then caused a bit of the kitchen ceiling to collapse, sending water all over the the floor, the worktops and the walls. The numpty who left the bath to overflow have decided they will kept their mouth shut and no one will own up, which means the boys are in the worse trouble yet!


As no one seems to want to own up to who deliberately left the bathroom to flood, the kids are now GROUNDED, with no TV and all trips cancelled. The mess caused will take a over a week to clean up and repair the damage to the kitchen and the bathroom.  For the time being, the 1st floor bathroom is  out of bounds,  due to the flood damage, so the boys are having to share the 2nd floor bathroom. I have workmen fixing the mess and the insurance is paying for the repairs.  (Which when someone owns up, will be deducted from pocket money until the mess is cleaned up.)

So until someone owns up, the kids will have to amuse themselves. I have been fostering for years and I have never had to deal with such disrespect for the house or the other people living here. I also have never had to enforce such a strict punishment, but I suppose it is “tough love”, because it will teach the kids that when they do something wrong, they should own up, instead of being found out.

It’s going to take a few days to fix the mess made and I will get to the bottom of who was responsible for the flood. Until then, Kyle Jenny and I will let the kids stew. At some point, the person responsible will come forward and when they do,  the person(s) will remain grounded and pay for damages. (Which includes having the electrics checked above the kitchen ceiling, which also includes the fire alarm system and the bathroom floor and the kitchen ceiling repaired.)

Kyrylo is the only one of the boys currently not grounded and excluded from punishment, as he was asleep on the sofa in the study, so I can vouch that he had nothing to do with the flood.