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Why did they cut off my water?

Asked by bookish1 (13062 points ) June 28th, 2012

Any helpful Jellies out there know about plumbing?
I had slow drains in my room, and figured that was just crappy outdated French tech. I was able to quicken up the drain in my shower with some Dran-o equivalent, but the one in the sink eventually blocked up.
So, a plumber came in and de-clogged my sink while I was gone (I have tested and it drains fine now), but I was informed that I have no running water and won’t til Tuesday.

Why was it necessary to cut off the running water to my room, if the sink has already been unclogged?! I thought running water and drains were two separate pipes…

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FutureMemory's avatar

They actually told you “your water is shut off until Tuesday”?

I can see them shutting it off while working on the pipes, that’s standard, but to keep it off for an additional 4–5 days, without explaining why ? Extremely bizarre. You need to call your land lord and find out what’s going on.

bookish1's avatar

They’re French, and this is a student hostel for younguns who have never lived without Maman and Papa before. They keep coming in my room without warning to do crap. It’s pretty frustrating, but it’s cheap as hell and that’s why I live here (and that’s probably why the drains are so shite.) Thanks for the suggestion @FutureMemory, I’ll ask what’s going on this morning! Gotta go look up plumbing vocabulary ROFL…

bewailknot's avatar

Maybe the water has to be turned back on by a representative of the water company, or the repairs/unclogging has to be inspected first.

JLeslie's avatar

Are you sure the two things are connected, and it isn’t the water was going to be turned off anyway? Until Tuesday is ridiculous. No water for 5 days? I never heard of such a thing. Sounds more like third world than a western European country. They repleaced all the underground pipes in my moms neighborhood and she didn’t lose water for that many days. Literally digging up the streets.

ccrow's avatar

Maybe they broke something fixing the drain, and don’t want to ‘fess up…

wundayatta's avatar

Well, maybe there’s one union that turns water on and off. Another union is responsible for repairing the pipes. The folks in the turn water on and off union went home early, and aren’t working on Monday. So Tuesday is the earliest they can turn the pipes back on.

Or maybe there’s a meter fixing union, and they turn water on and off, and aren’t available until Tuesday. In any case, if there is job separation by various tasks, that could explain why the pipe fixing people can’t turn water on.

Let this be a lesson to you. Do not complain about leaks. Just let the water flow over and drip down to the floor below.

Also, do not use Drano. That destroys the pipes. It is better to use a plunger and physically dislodge whatever it is that is clogging the pipes. Do this regularly. Even if you don’t need it. You might also invest in a snake. In the US, you can get a small snake for around $15–20. It can root out the stuff clogging the sink.

Which reminds me. Our second floor bathroom sink is getting slower and slower…. and we’ve never used the snake, yet. Hmmmmm…..

bookish1's avatar

@JLeslie: Yep, I’ve had things fixed quicker in India.
Good thing it doesn’t matter if I smell a bit in France.

woodcutter's avatar

They must have discovered something that had been previously unknown in the plumbing situation. The drains and supply pipes are separate usually. There is something left un-assembled that might cause cause flooding when the water is on?

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