Leak in Gillson Remains for 2 Days

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It seems that Gillson Residence Hall is living up to its murky reputation.

On Wednesday, Feb. 13, there was a water leak on Gillson’s seventh floor, which did not abate after an inspection by facilities staff.

The leak originated as a puddle caused by a defrosting refrigerator in an eighth-floor dorm room. The puddle then seeped through the ceiling to a seventh-floor dorm room. The leak was running for roughly two days, according to a resident of that dorm room, who asked to be identified simply as Elizabeth.

The water dripped directly onto Elizabeth’s bed, forcing her to move it out of the way and then place a towel on the ground under the leak. The leak stopped sometime between the night of Feb. 15 and the morning of Feb. 16.

Inspectors from USF Facilities informed Elizabeth of the source of the leak and told her when it would stop.

“They just said it would clear up, like, really, really soon,” Elizabeth said.

Elizabeth’s RA told her that facilities was going to check on the leak at 10 p.m. on  Feb. 14, but they never came. Her RA called facilities around midnight and was told that they would come between 9:30-10 a.m. the following day. They did not come then, either.

The next time that facilities reached out to Elizabeth was the following week on Feb. 22. With no prior warning, a staff member from facilities knocked on her door at 8 a.m. to see if the leak had stopped. After finding out it had, he left. “He was in here for like 30 seconds, and then he left,” Elizabeth said. “He just showed up, asked if the leak had stopped and then he left … I had no idea he was coming.”

Facilities did not respond to requests for comment, but Torry Brouillard-Bruce, who directs USF’s housing department, said that the design of Gillson’s floors makes them conducive to leaks.

“With regards to leaks between floors, I can tell you that this can happen,” Brouillard-Bruce said. “The nature of the construction results in gaps where water can transfer from floor to floor. In this instance, there was a refrigerator that was defrosted and the resulting liquid followed the path of least resistance down to the floor below.”

Brouillard-Bruce was the only University official that commented on this leak, and gave no further details.  

Regardless, the leak abated, and Elizabeth took the experience in stride. “It eventually stopped leaking, so we just, like, moved the bed back,” she said.

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