Water leaked from a second floor unit’s bathroom and through Josephine Henry’s ceiling above her toilet.

Water leaked from a second floor unit’s bathroom and through Josephine Henry’s ceiling above her toilet.

A toilet leak at Chatham Estates in Chester is causing more trouble for an elderly resident than it should such as a musty smell and water damage on the ceiling.

Josephine Henry, a senior resident and mother to Valetta Green, experienced a gush of rancid toilet water above her bathroom at 2 a.m. on a recent Monday.

“I tried to soak up as much as I could,” Henry said.

Henry said the maintenance man, she called Buddy, was not able to turn the leak off until later that day. She described her bathtub as being half full of water coming from the unit directly above her. 

Management told Henry that the damage would be repaired the Friday of that week, but maintenance said they need to order an item for the ceiling. She showed a reporter from The Spirit that none of the damage had been fixed.

Some units next door to Henry were also reportedly affected by the leak, but no one answered their doors when The Spirit knocked.

The water smelled like feces and urine, she said. Henry indicated with her finger how far the toilet water spread from her bathroom and soaked the carpet of her bedroom.

She said Buddy sprayed the carpet as much as he could to clean it, but Green wants it shampooed to remove the bacteria from her mother’s floor.

Green said a man upstairs died, and when the person who flushed the toilet did not jiggle the handle, it kept running and leaked into her mother’s unit.

Elderly advocate and VIVE founder Elizabeth Wilson said the unsanitary toilet water can cause health problems for residents.

“This should have been thoroughly investigated as to the health hazard to Josephine Henry,” Wilson said.

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