Sometimes unexpected things happen throughout the day. Sometimes these things seem to happen around me more often than not. Today was a day were I became very familiar with a local roofing company in Dundee.
It started out as a fairly standard Wednesday morning, beginning with the sound of my bedside alarm, followed by a rushed morning routine and out the door and off to school to partake in another exciting day in the world of teaching. It was around this point that things started to take a turn for the worse. It had been raining heavily all night and the roads were very wet. This will become more relevant later.
We don't have a fulltime caretaker on site during the winter months that can open up the school grounds in the morning before everyone arrives, so we take it in turns being key holders, this week being my turn.
I got in my car to drive to school and noticed the paint on the roof was damaged, possibly by a stone, which I imagine was thrown by a careless child at some point recently, although as to when specifically, I couldn't say.
So that was event one. The car roof.
The calamity really started when I got the school. After opening up the gates, which are always a pain as they're stiff and require considerable effort to swing back, parking my car and proceeding inside, I discovered there was about an inch of water in the main reception area.
After turning up empty searching high and low for the source, assuming it was a tap that had been left on, I expanded my search further afield. I noticed there was a slight trickle of water running down one of the corridors and traced it back to a supply cupboard next to the art classes.
When looking inside the cupboard, I was greeted with a lovely view of the sky, which struck me as slightly odd as there was definitely a roof to this cupboard last time I was in here.
I had turned out the rained had gone all out last night and found a weakness in the schools roof that had gone unnoticed due to it's location. Later talking to a roofer, they said it's likely the roof had started to sag, allowing the water to pool over the weak spot until the weight of it caused the roof to give way and collapse.
I don't really know what I was thinking, but even though there was a gaping great big hole in the roof, I put down a bucket, as if that would be adequate and scurried off to try and phone a local roofing company to come help us.
I managed to get hold of a firm called Dundee Roofer who were able to come out that morning before the children arrived and sort us out with a temporary roof repair so if the rain kicked off again, we wouldn't find another swimming pool in the reception again.
So, that was event two. The school roof.
It was now lunchtime and the initial early morning excitement had since been forgotten. I had finished my cheese flat bread and was making my way to the gym to prepare for the next lesson after class. Hockey.
Due to limited space, we keep the goal supports and wooden hockey sticks in a storage unit out the back of the gym that is separate from the main building. I removed the padlock from the units door and proceeded inside. Once again greeted by several cms of water and a suspect hole in the roof. I couldn't actually believe my eyes when for the second time in one day, I was finding a hole in the roof.
Back onto the phone with the chaps at Dundee Roofer to explain that we needed their roofing services once again as a new hole had been discovered. They weren't long back from another roofing job they had just done 10 minutes away so were able to come along quickly.
For the second time that day the roofers patched the hole in the roof, advising that this one would need a roof replacement to sort and the repair was only a temporary measure. Fine, I said. I just hope people aren't going to think I'm the one going round poking all the holes in the roof!
Event number three. The unit roof!
So, aside from a few bumped shins and a hockey ball to the chest, gym class was relatively uneventful and the school day came to a close without much else drama, the roofing kind or otherwise.
I decided to stop in at Tesco on the way home to pick up some bits for tea as I had had a hankering for fajitas all day and the Old El Paso kit is one of my favourites. I noted the mark on my cars roof on the way back into the car thinking to myself, this has been an unfortunate day for roofs, hoping that was the last roofing problem I'd have to encounter for a while.
Turns out I was wrong. After I had been home for a while, I ventured into my space room to dig out a CD I had in the rack there and noticed an orangey mark on the ceiling which turned out to be a water stain. When I phoned the Dundee Roofer for the third time that day, this time explaining it was my home they were to come too, I don't think they quite believed me.
Event number four, my own bloody roof!
As it turns out, I had a few cracked roof tiles up there and they were able to sort it pretty quickly, so no new roof needed for me at least. It isn't that they're not a great guys and expert roofers, but I'll be glad not to have to see the fellas at Dundee Roofer for a while! At least a few days off any new roofing problems please.
So there we have it, in one day I had a dodgy car roof, a hole in the school roof, damage to the unit roof and finally some cracked tiles in my own roof. If it keeps going like this, I'm going to have to date a roofer so I can get cheaper rates.