Normally I save the apologizing for any inconvenience for the end, but I think this is a good time to bring it to the front. Now that we have started to tie in steam, water, and electric to the apartments under renovation, individual shut-offs have resulted in one inconvenience after another. Yet I have heard surprisingly few complaints. Official complaints, that is. I’ve heard the grumblings in the elevators, or should I say elevator, and have read the anonymous comments in the margins of the posted notices (no, the roof garden won’t be closed until 2025); but, for the most part, the tenants have been patient and understanding.
We are learning that nothing worthwhile is accomplished without some degree of pain. In some way we can compare the renovation to the pain of childbirth. The agonizing pain of labor soon gives way to the delightful gift of a new born baby. And with that gift, the pain quickly becomes a distant memory. So it is in our building. The laborers are causing us much pain, yet we know that something beautiful will result from it. The only difference is that in childbirth, the water breaks once, and at Selis Manor, the water seems to be breaking two or three times a month.
Although many of the problems result from construction, fixing them is the responsibility of our Superintendents and maintenance staff. For instance, water pressure is good throughout the building. However, water shutdowns, or more accurately turning the water back on can loosen rust inside the pipes. That spitting out of brown water when you first turn the water back on is a good illustration of this situation. If your water pressure is low after a water shutdown, chances are good that some of that rust or debris is lodged somewhere in the mixing valve, shower head, faucet or aerator. If your water pressure is low, or not as hot or cold as it should be, report it to building management and Maintenance will take care of it.
Same with heat. Apartments are getting less heat, but only because in the past they were getting too much heat. The brand new radiators will allow you to set your own temperature, but the existing radiators are being regulated in order to maintain a more consistent normal temperature. So, in the past when the heat was constantly blasting, those of you who turned off the radiators, or blocked them with furniture, or opened windows; you should now turn your radiators back on, move your furniture away, and/or try to keep the windows closed. Let your apartment heat up and cool down naturally. This is not to say there won’t be mechanical problems. If one radiator is hot and the other is cold, or if the temperature in your apartment has dropped way below normal, then report the problem to the management office, or, when they are closed, use the intercom to report it to the security desk. Maintenance will address the problem. But first consider the possibility that the heat has cycled off and will soon cycle back on.
So, thank you for dealing with all the adversities that come with renovation. We trust that the gain will be worth the pain and that, upon completion, that pain will quickly become a distant memory.