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Scar of the Day #1662

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Scar of the Day #1662

For the last 20 years or so, my dad’s bathroom ceiling has been slowly tearing itself open. It happened too slow to notice, imperceptible until the decay reached a certain threshold. When a sheetrock tile was held suspended over the shower by only a skin of amber paint, we knew it had become a serious problem. The next day it collapsed, and now a rotten mouth hangs over the tub, echoing a faint drip every few seconds.

This is a second scar, less progressed and more photogenic, but it’s begun to bleed as well. It’s easy to start thinking that the entire ceiling might fall in, or that the bathtub above will crash down into ours, destroying our own floor and creating a column of destruction that reaches the parking garage below.

For now all we can do is wait for the masters of the building to lend us their strength. Until then, perhaps it’s best to just admire the spirits of decay work their art – and be ready to dash away if they get too ambitious.

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Written by Umbrella Man

April 11, 2013 at 2:46 am

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  1. if it’s dripping, there’s a leak. If it’s not only during and just after a rain, it’s wasting water. Either way, it’s rotting the structure and possibly encouraging mold to grow. Lean on the landlord or manager.


    April 11, 2013 at 7:08 am

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