It's not the Amish Kid or the Giant Prarie Dog this time...

Kat's picture

It's a water leak. The house between PhillyKip and I has a HUGE water leak again - filling their basement with water. We called the water company and they will be turning the water off from street level since no one can access the house. The problem remains however with the water that will be left standing in the home after the water is turned off. We left messages for the owner but it doesn't matter. She will do nothing. If the water is left mold will form and all kinds of other problems making the possibility of her cleaning this wreck up almost nill! I know it is her responsibility, but if the owner is paying the taxes, etc., what can you do to make someone pay attention to their property?

She is letting this house absolutely go to ruin. Broken windows, overgrown yard (in the spring/summer as you all remember) and no matter how many times we call, email, fax, etc. nothing gets done. I have called and faxed to her place of business (a daycare in the Northeast) and nothing is getting done. What kind of recourse do we have? L & I has been contacted so many time over the years - the only thing they did was get me in contact with someone who will clean the yard (which caused our home to become INFESTED with fleas - horrible). We cannot afford a lawyer and I will not spend any more money on a house that is not even ours. And there is about 5 inches of mail in their entryway and I KNOW that lots of that mail is ours and PhillyKips. So frustrating!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Any advice?

lauraska's picture

I would suggest contacting

I would suggest contacting your elected officials. I have contacted them about a few things having to do with blight in the neighborhood, and they have responded very quickly.

dan's picture

311 + your

311 + your councilperson.

or knock down the front door with a hammer and charge $2.00 to use "The New Swimmo", since the old one will probably be closed this summer

th's picture

Check the back door. It may

Check the back door. It may be open. Someone may have busted in and stolen the pipes - that's why it flooded. As gross as it is, you may want to clean it up yourself just to avoid the future problems for your house. A good wet/dry vac will work.

If the back door is not open ... open it.

Also, I agree with lauraska. DiCicco's office is pretty good about responding.

Kat's picture

Thanks everyone. I will

Thanks everyone. I will re-start the campaign. Sigh. Like I don't have enough to do already.

I like your idea too, Dan. I'll have to run that one by Nunzio...

Ftown66's picture

Are we talking a couple of

Are we talking a couple of feet of water? If so this can also damage the shared party walls of your basement. Weakening the foundation.

Kat's picture

I can't tell how much water

I can't tell how much water is there. They had floods in their basement when the former owners were there as well. We didn't get any water that we can tell, but PhillyKip got some. A little birdie did some research on her and found out there are 5 people suing her for various things - three or four are related to this house as far as I can tell. The address she has given the city, etc is the house next door, (where she does not live of course)however she never goes there so any city notices, etc. will go unread. I certainly hope we can get somebody to help us.

One good thing - Nunzio checked and at least the gas is turned off. That is one less worry.

Ftown66's picture

Be carefull if someone

Be carefull if someone attempts to check the water in the basement. The electric could still be on and who knows if there is any outlets below water level. You never know how things were done in old house like these.

Pure_Fishtown's picture

I would contact L&I, PGW and

I would contact L&I, PGW and the water dept. Then, let L&I call the Fire Dept. to pump out the basement; yes, they use to do that. Or, the water dept. can pump it out. All the depts. will bill her.

If you call, make sure you tell them that you and the neighbor on the other side have water in your basement.

tudor's picture

Pure_Fishtown wrote:I would

Pure_Fishtown wrote:

I would contact L&I, PGW and the water dept. Then, let L&I call the Fire Dept. to pump out the basement; yes, they use to do that. Or, the water dept. can pump it out. All the depts. will bill her.

That sounds like a good idea--nothing gets people's attention like some more big bills.

qbert4578's picture

Kathleen-- I'll have Chino

Kathleen-- I'll have Chino back tomorrow night for Stage 2 of the mission... Stage 1 was successful. Stage 2 will be even more fun. ;)

george's picture

Don't be so sure the Amish

Don't be so sure the Amish kids aren't behind this, Kat. They are notoriously sneaky creatures and attracted to aquatic environments. I'd set out some Amish Kid traps just to be safe.

(seriously, though, sorry about that lousy situation. your neighbor sounds like a real charmer)

lilroja's picture

Do you live on Orianna St by

Do you live on Orianna St by chance?

Lisa33's picture

Aw man Kat, good luck with

Aw man Kat, good luck with this. It sounds like a nightmare!

Kat's picture

lilroja wrote:Do you live on

lilroja wrote:

Do you live on Orianna St by chance?

Nope

Kat's picture

qbert4578 wrote:Kathleen--

qbert4578 wrote:

Kathleen-- I'll have Chino back tomorrow night for Stage 2 of the mission... Stage 1 was successful. Stage 2 will be even more fun. ;)

Nice! Gotta get that mail. I know I have won the Publisher Clearing House and my notification is somewhere in that pile! ;)