Not a good day to be a landlord :(
I was editing a recent engagement shoot in my home office when I received a call from one of our tenants. After all the cold and snowy days, we had the first warm day, all that snow and ice melting on the roof was overflowing the gutter and going into his apartment. I rushed there right away and it was bad, I mean, it was really bad… about 20 gal. (80liter)water was coming in from the cracks around his window in about every FOUR MINUTES.
All our efforts were came short, I ended up going on the roof (flat roof), lay down on my tummy so I would not slip due to ice and slush, and cleaned that 4ft wide, 1 foot deep gutter from the rock solid ice. It was not easy. Not sure if you knew but your body loses heat 25 times faster when wet, I did not have water proof gloves, so took them off, cut my hand with ice :( etc. After getting the gutter cleaned made some holes on it to the melting water would go down about a foot away from the shell of the building. All worked out. By the time I was done, I was laying in icy water for about 2 hours.
Jason was happy that he was off and I was home, editing, not at a shoot or a meeting at the studio. We celebrated our first victory with beer and I jumped straight into boiling shower.
Winter shows you the weak spots of your house (in my case the building) so we know what is our priority as soon as the weather gets better.
Three days passed since then and all seems to be well, I still feel the pain on my ribs and my knees which is fine. I woke up with the cold today, most of the day, I was a ghost… Dayquil, tea, honey, lemon juice helped. This was my Polar Plunge prep swim :)
Better days ahead!