Burst pipe floods condo garage damaging dozens of
City News Toronto
Natalie Duddridge and Toronto Staff
09 March 2015
pouring out of a burst pipe at a Bay Street condo, Mar. 8, 2015.
At least two dozen vehicles are total write-offs after a massive flood
at a downtown condo.
A sprinkler pipe located on one of the lower levels of a parking garage
at 1121 Bay Street burst around 4 p.m. on Thursday.
Building management said it took the city 10 hours to respond to the
call and turn off the water. By that time there was about 15 feet of
water in the lower level of the parking garage.
‘we’re having crisis like this
all over so just give us some time.’
“The city, unfortunately, was not helpful,” assistant property manager
Moustafa Omar told CityNews. “They said ‘we’re having crisis like this
all over so just give us some time.’”
City officials denied management’s claim of how long it took for them
to respond to the call.
They told CityNews the water break was on the fire line, a private
pipe, and that crews responded to shut off the water but were delayed
in shutting the water off was because the valve was buried. In order to
turn it off, they said an emergency assessment was needed to be done
then the ground needed to be excavated.
The water level
reached this high.
Anthony Niro with ORN Contractors said when his workers arrived to
begin pumping water out of the underground parking garage, all of the
vehicles on the bottom level were submerged. Water was also cut off to
the entire building.
“I can just imagine it must be rough living without water and your car
being submerged,” Niro said. “I think that (the vehicles) are
Pumps ran constantly for several days to get the water out so workers
could access the mechanical room in order restore water to the rest of
the building, according to Niro.
Some residents in neighbouring condos complained to CityNews about the
“Unfortunately residents from the neighbourhood were giving us some
grief. We do understand that this is causing noise issues, they can’t
sleep,” Omarsaid. “What can we do? We just hope that they don’t go
through what we’ve been through.”
Niro said crews should be finished working by Monday. There has been no
word on when water will be restored to the building.
Over the last year, but more often in January and February 2015, I
heard more and more about very serious water leaks in large condo
towers due to burst pipes. How serious? Seventy-five owners had to
evacuate their units for several months, floods coming down 48 floors,
putting all elevators out of commission and flooding cars on the third
level of the parking garage—that serious.
There are four common reasons:
|Lack of maintenance. Old pipes
are not getting replaced as the regularly scheduled preventive
maintenance was not getting done.
|Sloppy work. When work is done
in the parking garage levels and in the
maintenance rooms, the insulation that was removed may not be
that had been scheduled and paid for was not done. No one was checking
to see if plumbers actually did what they were paid to do.
|The very cold weather in January
and February 2015.
It is impossible to get good
information on how often this is happening because the condo's
management and the boards keep everything a secret.
Wouldn't want potential buyers to be fully informed buyers, now would
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