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Problem with toilet [resolved]

ronzoronzo Registered User regular
edited April 2009 in Help / Advice Forum
So, when I left my apartment today, to my knowledge my toliet was fine. However when i returned around 6 hours later the water in the bowl had turned to a watery brown color, and a quick check of the tank confirmed that it too, was brown.

The brown color seemed to be coming from some sort of brown particle stuff, sort of like dirt/sand that settled into the bottom of the tank. Repeated flushings seems to have gotten rid of it, and i doused the thing with clorox to be safe.

My question is, what the hell causes that to happen*, and should I inform the maitence people to come take a look? I realize the second question is entirely based on the answer to the first, because if the pipes are rusting or something than we have a problem that is not my fault.

*It wasn't an upper decker.

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  • ButtcleftButtcleft Registered User regular
    edited April 2009
    I would inform maintenance. It could have been rust if you have an older building, which can be easily dislodged if there's any construction going on in your building.

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  • UsagiUsagi Nah Registered User regular
    edited April 2009
    could be rust from the pipes, or somebody upstream of your house was working on the line and dislodged a bunch of sediment

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  • ImprovoloneImprovolone Registered User regular
    edited April 2009
    Pony wrote: »
    so here's a fun one, in which i also admit to actually committing a crime


    many years ago, i had a buddy who had a terrible falling out with his room-mate at the time. the particulars of their drama do not need specifying at this time, but needless to say the beef between the two men was heavy.

    and i stood firmly on the side of my friend, who i believed stood on the morally correct side of their difficult circumstances.

    anyway, so my friend moves out of his apartment with this asshole. he wants to get some serious revenge against this fucker, and tries to talk me into doing it for him as he lacks the gumption and doesn't want to get in further shit directly.

    i decline initially, but he eventually offers me more than a few bucks to do something petty and spiteful to the guy.

    he doesn't want me to assault the man, or vandalize his car or anything.

    he wants me to upper-deck the guy's toilet. for those unfamiliar with the concept, to "upper-deck" a toilet is to take a shit in the tank, instead of in the bowl. the effect of this is that when the toilet is flushed, the shit in the tank (the looser the better) will flow directly into the bowl, clogging up the internals of his toilet with shit and making it nearly impossible to clean, stinking to high heaven.

    it's a horrific prank to pull on someone and something you should never, ever do to someone you consider a friend.

    to someone who did some really terrible shit to a friend of mine and got away with it, though? seems exactly the right sort of petty and spiteful i will take a couple bucks to enforce.

    so, he gives me a key to his old apartment, assuming the dude hasn't changed the locks yet. tells me to target apartment 201, and what time the guy will be out at work and stuff.

    i spend a day preparing for the day, eating a diet specifically chosen to produce a maximized effect.

    i show up at the correct time. in a payphone at the plaza nearby, i call the target's home phone number to make sure he isn't home, and get no answer.

    i go up to apartment, and i knock on the door. no answer. i wait, and knock again. no answer. i try the key, but it doesn't work. dude probably changed the locks already, i assume, and i figure the plan is going to fail.

    but, i actually try the knob just in case dude forgot to lock his door, which people in apartment buildings sometimes do.

    it's unlocked! awesome.

    i enter apartment, and take a look around. i call out "Hello?" again making sure nobody is around (ready to peel out in a second if anyone responds).

    satisfied that nobody is home, i go into the bathroom, take the cover off the tank, and do my evil work.

    i finish up and head out, taking great care to otherwise show no signs of my presence or my entry.

    i walk downstairs (as opposed to using the elevator, the way i came in) and i start to realize that i am walking down too many stairs.

    there... there shouldn't be this many stairs to get down from the second floor...

    wait a fucking minute. did... did i...?

    i walk back up to the second floor, to room 201. i try the door. locked. shaking as i realize the severity of what i have done, i draw the key and try the lock. the key works.

    i poke into the apartment, and take a glance around, hoping to god i am just second-guessing myself

    it isn't the same apartment.

    somehow, when i was in the elevator when i first showed up, i must have pressed the button for the third floor instead of the second.

    the poor residents of apartment 301 had just been upper-decked by a perfect stranger for no conceivable reason.

    the thought occurs to me to at least try to correct the mistake by hitting the target i was supposed to hit, but, alas, my supply is expended.

    filled with fear and embarrassment, i locked the apartment up and took off

    i told my friend the truth of what happened and returned the key to him, and the money to him, and refused to go back to that apartment to finish the job out of fear that somehow, i would be recognized or something.

    moral of the story: if you are going to be some kind of fecal hired assassin, pay attention to your surroundings!

    I imagine some mucky rusty sediment got loose. I wouldn't worry about it (it didn't smell, did it), but calling maintenance should be free... right?

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  • mullymully Registered User regular
    edited April 2009
    this happened in vancouver a couple of times -- it was dirt in the reservoir. but yeah, definitely check with your maintenance guy.

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  • ronzoronzo Registered User regular
    edited April 2009
    okay, will be checking with maintenance. I would tell you if it smelled, but my nose really sucks at smelling things. I can't always tell if it doesn't smell, or if i just can't smell it.

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  • RuckusRuckus Registered User regular
    edited April 2009
    Also if the fire department was flushing, testing, or using any hydrants on your main line, the increased flow can cause sediment to dislodge and show up in people's homes.

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    Raneados wrote: »
    so what SPECIFICALLY is the problem with my hole?
  • bowenbowen How you doin'? Registered User regular
    edited April 2009
    Run your cold water faucet by the toilet and see if you can get it to go away.

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  • ceresceres When the last moon is cast over the last star of morning And the future has past without even a last desperate warningRegistered User, Moderator mod
    edited April 2009
    Also.. it might not hurt to boil your water for a day or two until you figure out what it is.

    Or just get a couple gallons from the store for use.

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    And it seems like all is dying, and would leave the world to mourn

  • JustinSane07JustinSane07 __BANNED USERS regular
    edited April 2009
    I was just gonna ask if you had pissed off anyone on the floor below you.

    But I second Ceres, if you drink tap water (I do), don't until you get this resolved.

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  • ronzoronzo Registered User regular
    edited April 2009
    Problem resolved, turns out they were just doing backflow testing and a few random people got hit with sediment backup

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