Last night at about 12:30, I thought I heard a strange noise coming from the bathroom. As usual, instead of getting up to investigate I said to my husband, “Do you hear that?” Of course, he didn’t. “Seriously, do you hear that?” I asked again, but he was completely uninterested so I knew I’d have to go investigate it for myself.
The noise was coming from the bathroom. It sounded like someone had left the sink running. When I opened the bathroom door there was a pool of water on the floor and the toilet tank was overflowing. “Help,” I yelled and my husband came rushing in to see our toilet which had suddenly transformed itself into Victoria Falls. After briefly considering how much I might be able to charge people to see the wonder that our toilet had become, we sprang into action.
When we removed the lid from the tank we saw that the pipe that fills up the tank had water gushing out of it at an incredible speed. I flushed the toilet to empty the tank and within a few seconds it was full again. I just sat there flushing the toilet again and again and asking my husband what we should do. Unlike normal toilets, our toilet has no shut off valve.
My husband stuck his finger in the pipe which of course sprayed water all over us. If that had indeed stopped the water, I wonder if he would’ve sat there all night with his finger in the pipe.
The only way to turn off the water to our flat is by uncovering a hole on the sidewalk and reaching your arm all the way down the hole to turn off the valve with a screwdriver. Eventually, my husband did that, but the problem with doing that is that it shuts off the water for the whole building. That means the people who live upstairs don’t have any water either. Not so good, huh?
Our plumbing problems were fixed this morning. Not only did the plumber fix the toilet, but he put a valve in the pipe that leads to the toilet so we can turn off the water if we need to. But, this experience left me wondering something. Why do toilets run for so long when the tanks can be filled within a few seconds? Wouldn’t be nicer if the tank filled more quickly? I think I’m on to something here. Maybe I should get into the toilet making business.