Monday, 19 November 2007

Tha Gas Leak & The Mouse

Salam all long time no see :o)

It has been a while (again) since I posted and that's due to work and other commitments but hopefully inshaAllah all of us can make an effort.

It has been very cold here in the lat few days and too much rain which is really annoying as it makes you end up being stuck indoors with not much to do.

On the home front there has not been much happening except a couple of weeks ago, the neighbour came over and said that he can smell gas coming from our house and that he called the gas board, next morning the the gas engineer came over and checked the system, within minutes he condemned it and declared it a Hazard to use, he said it was like we were living in a time bomb but we didn't smell the gas because we got used to the smell, gas was leaking from pipes under the floor and the whole system, pipes, boiler and radiators had to go, he sealed the meter and the cooker and gave us a couple of small electric heaters and an electric hob to cook on, we were just like people in a disaster zone that were driven out of their homes huddled in front of a little fan heater with a pot boiling on the little hub :o)
Of course the job needed to be done as soon as possible and it is a very expensive job, we contacted the land lord (who should have sent people to check the gas system, he nearly killed us) he got in touch with the gas suppliers who estimated the job to cost about £4000, he was not happy at all and ended up contacting a qualified engineer to do the job who happens to be Libyan. So for the next week the floor boards get ripped up, radiators dismantled, complete chaos, the engineer found out the the old carpets in the house were rotting and told the land lord, we have actually asked the land lord before to remove the old carpet and put a laminate flooring because my kids suffer from Eczema & Asthma but he wasn't keen, now he had no choice but to agree, so 2 Polish workers join the force and more chaos and may ham, in fact a disaster for my wife, she started to see traces of mice in the house, London is infested with mice and rats that mainly live in borrows under the houses, of course ripping the floor boards and carpets created holes for them to come into the house, I didn't notice anything at first but my wife is completely scared of mice and would literally freeze at the thought. One evening I come in and there right in front of me was a mouse, then I heard a noise in the kitchen, next day the house was armed with mouse poison everywhere.
The work is finished now, Alhamdulellah, the new boiler is great, the house is worm and the cooker is back in action, the floor is nice and clean, kids asthma has improved since they don't have a rotting carpet in their bedroom.
I found one dead mouse but haven't seen or heard any for few days, I hope they are gone, not my favourite animals.

26 comments:

dusk till dawn said...

salam Anglo-LY

what a story. realy feel sorry for u and ur family to live few days with out heating and hot water, in the mean time iam so pleased that u did not had an accedent or being over come by gas fumes while a sleep.alhamdullah ,as u know if u rent a house its by law the land lord has yearly check all appliance,it deserve him tight .about the mouse. u spot on not very nice to have them around so u done the job and get rid of them so quickly was is that ur great wife order ha ha .
so now the kids happy wt the new floor ,just be careful wt laminated floor for the kids it become slippery if their feet is wet,
so now Anglo ur living in a warm cosy house all smiling faces ,well done and enjoy it,iam sure it made alot of diffrent to the family atmosphare,now u can ask for ur favourite food,
salam bro

libyan. said...

These landlords, if there is something to do in the house and they have to pay for something they ignore you untill there is not escape, but if it comes to their rent which was delayed two days, or the check wasn't accepted they bomb you with calls and visits until they get their money.
Good for your family that everything is now well done there.

ibeebarbie said...

Salam Anglo-Libyan,
Wow-you've definitely been busy. You must have loved going to work every day more so than you ever have in the past with all that going on. I'm so happy everything has been fixed, and your family is health, alhamdullilah. Goodness, truly that was an ordeal for all of you to go through, alhamdullilah the nightmare is over.

Benghazi Citizen said...

What a story..I have to say:Alhamdullah 3ala Alsalam......Thank God for the good neighbour with the good nose...
Well,,after this incident ,perhapse it's better u install a gas detector alarm system,,
Happy things turned out fine at the end,,,,happy the kids asthma improved..And,,,About the mice:BRRRRRRRR,,,,i hate them..they give me the creeps
Regards
Benghazi Citizen

DaMoon said...

awww, i loooved reading ur post, although u guyz were suffering and all, but i enjoyed it! mesh 3arfa 3lash, mabrook 3likum elbsatat :o)
glad that da hard work is finished and no gas leaks, cuz we don't want our beloved anglo-libyan and his lovely family to be living in a time bomb
take care and keep us updated :o)

enlightened spirit said...

waw what a story , elhamdoellah u r all fine and even better as ur kid's asthma and eczema is improved ...
about the mice this poor animals , I alwayes feel that they are a victim of injustice, no one like them .. that does't mean that I do but..lol.. just felt sorry for the dead one u found, the only creature which I can't feel sorry for is the cockroach ... may coz here in libya have cockroach infestation more than mice infestation , so the source of annoyance is different... any way, we glad that u and all ur family get out of this safe ... elhamdolellah

MaySoon said...

WOW all that happened in the last couple of weeks!! I have to say 7amdellah 3al salama..gas leaks are the worst... and also alhamdolilah you and your family survived all that eh.. :o|.. I can imagine the house buzzing with those workers really stressful!

Great to have you back :o)

Anglo-Libyan said...

dusk till dawn
thank you for the nice comment.
yes i know that landlords are obliged by law to do that but my landlord although is nice and can be understanding but he is Libyan :o)

salam Libyan
thank you and good to see you here

salam ibeebarbie
yes coming to work was a blessing and warm :o)
it was an ordeal for the kids but they enjoyed the action :o)

benghazi citizen
it is a good idea about the gas detectors, im not too keen on mice but i must admit they were very small and a bit cute :o)

damoon
where have you been? :o)
thank you dear and im glad you enjoyed reading this post.

enlightened spirit
yes as i said these mice did look cute :o)
we have cockroaches here but they are a lot smaller that the Libyan ones but still creepy.
Thank you

Maysoon
thank you and all is well now Alhamdulellah :o)

Ema said...

hello anglo, thank you for posting again :D

And i'm really sorry to hear about the heating problems... it always happens in winter time.

and mice too, raby ekun fe el3on

PS: I personally I find mice not a source of frightness, not like ordinary girls who freak out, i mean i dont want them near my house in any way, but they still are cute looking creatures lol

No really i'm serious :D

Maya said...

Salam
I have to say 7amdellah 3al salama..gas leaks are danger
If you still have any problems with mouse just tell me I can help you heheh
fe aman Allah

white african said...

7amdallah 3ala salamitkum, close call, the whole gas thing is scary, and as for the land lord, im sur eif he sorte dthe prob along time ago he wouldnt have had to pay as much as he did.

i feel so sorry for your wife about the mouse thing, reminds me of my mum who is also petrified, hope you dont get any more visits from them

Happymoi said...

glad to hear that all is well and that you got everything fixed...and happy for the no rotten carpets for your kids' sake:D

hope all continues to go well..and no more mice!

Safia speaks said...

So easy: get a cat!
Since Qazzaya is living with us, there are no more problems with spiders!
If you can´t stand cat hair because of asthma or similar, there are cats with no fur to get, too. They look weird, but I am sure they catch mice, too.

Good to see ya bloggin again ;-)

The Libyan blogosphere seems to bre losing its people rapidly...

Highlander said...

You say it with such humour but I'm sure how hard it was! welcome back to the world Anglo!

Anglo-Libyan said...

thank you
Ema
Maya
Whiteafrican
Happymoi
Safia
Highlander

for your kind comments, always appreciate that :o)
Safia, hailess cats are sooo ugly but cute.

Maya M said...

I am glad that your family is safe now. About the mice - I agree with Safia! You like pets, so if mice appear again (hopefully they won't), you may get a cat and try to make the landlord pay for her food :).
Mice are cute indeed. Especially the white lab ones. When we have a practical that requires sacrificing a mouse, the students always say, "Oh she is beautiful! We don't want to kill her!". I don't want to kill her also but we have a job to do, so I reply, "Do you suggest that we open her abdomen while whe is alive?". However, it isn't healthy to have mice in the house (except as pets), so nobody likes them as trespassers.

Anglo-Libyan said...

thank you Maya m :o)

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