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Old 01-08-2014, 08:44 AM
 
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Hello,

I'm in central Illinois, and was recently hit by that polar vortex arctic wind chill shenanigans...
Anyways, as of Monday I have not had any water in my apartment. My roommate says he called the water company, and they say that our building's main pipe..? needs to be repaired/replaced as a result of the super-cold weather. Tuesday goes by, still no water. Now it's Wednesday, and I think I'm starting to see things. Thankfully, I can report to work in an hour and refuel this camel of a body that I have, but how doth one wash and clean a camel under such circumstances?

What would you do?

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Old 01-08-2014, 10:23 AM
 
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Okay, after drinking water at work and clearing up my mind I realize how silly my post sounded. The real question I have is what should/can I do about this... like isn't there some sort of law in Illinois that requires running water or something... I mean that's a basic necessity... and it's really not easy to live in a place with no running water =/
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Old 01-08-2014, 11:38 AM
 
Location: Chicago
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Did you talk to your landlord??
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Old 01-08-2014, 03:38 PM
 
Location: Not where you ever lived
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Shower at your friend's house.

Subzero cold freezes water pipes. Pipes thaw as the temperature rises. There is nothing your landlord can do at this point in time. The water company will tell you anything to stop questions. If you have running water there is no connection problem to city water.

Pipes installed on an outside wall typically freeze. If you have a sink, tub or toilet on an outside wall you can expect it. However, you can try to help prevent it by turning on one faucet on each appliance and allowing it to drip slowly all night while also opening the cabinets under the sinks to allow heat flow. Other than this there is little you can do except wait.
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Old 01-09-2014, 04:44 AM
 
Location: Chicago
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Your pipes froze. Cross your fingers and hope they don't burst when they thaw this weekend.
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Old 01-09-2014, 08:09 AM
 
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I'm not a "survivalist" by any means, but I did stock up on bottle water ahead of the "Polar Vortapocalycaust" in case the pipes froze....and fire wood in case the power went out.
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Old 01-09-2014, 10:22 AM
 
Location: northwest Illinois
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Have you ever went camping?? The easy answer you missed is BABY WIPES!
Keep a pack on hand, and problem is solved!
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Old 01-09-2014, 03:04 PM
 
Location: Sector 001
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if they burst, at least you are renting.
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Old 01-10-2014, 10:34 AM
 
Location: River North, Chicago, Illinois
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Okay, after drinking water at work and clearing up my mind I realize how silly my post sounded. The real question I have is what should/can I do about this... like isn't there some sort of law in Illinois that requires running water or something... I mean that's a basic necessity... and it's really not easy to live in a place with no running water =/
Yes, but if the lack of water is due to the city's pipes breaking then he's not violating any laws - he has no legal (or moral) obligation to fix the city's pipes.
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