I have a small leak in my kitchen ceiling...
So I contacted my landlord after observing the leak for a week. I received the following reply:
Thanks for your update on the leak. Is the rate of leak several drops to a pint per hour? per day? (Sorry jollyrgr and Odyssey, I should have gone with the measuring cylinder and graphs) Is the leak confined to the same area that was defined by where you placed the plastic container? (Why would I put a bucket under a leak?) We either have a very slow drip which may subside or get worse. (It's been leaking for two months... I don't think it'll subside) It will be a lot easier to track if it gets worse. (That's reassuring!) Is the rate of leak less since we had the plumber come? (No) There may not be an immediate correlate of leak timewise directly with the usage of water upstairs, since it may take time for the water to wend its way downstairs. Is the leak a big nuisance to you? (No, I love Chinese water-torture) Since the leak is a very slow drip, it might be reasonable to continue to monitor.(It might not be...) I am afraid that if we get the plumber to come again, he may have difficulty in finding this leak as before. He did find the basis of the rapid leak which was from the bathtub trap overflow. (For which I am thankful) Does that sound reasonable? (No!) What is your feeling on the matter? (I don't think you really want me to answer that!)
Many thanks, Land/Landlord/Professor Landlord. (Seriously, he signs his emails "first name/full name/title")
Anyone got a sledge-hammer? I feel like renovating!