Hello this is my first winter living in Astoria Queens. I live in a duplex with an old heating system. My landlord lives below. For the past few months my landlord has been renovating the basement; fixing water pipes and replacing some of his old heaters downstairs.
This has been an issue for me because I think the work my landlord did is effecting the shared heating system for the duplex. There is a steam pipe and old heating unit in my room that have caused me no issues up until last week. Before last week the pipe and radiator would only make slight hissing noises and few small thuds, that were all manageable. After my landlord replaced some pipes (water pipes for the shower, sink, etc) this the steam pipe in my room started to make a lot of nosies, like very loud banging nosies and heavy hissing. It is so loud it wakes me up from my sleep. Along with the noises the steam pipe in my room started to leak a dirty, rusty water from the ceiling next to the pipe. The leak only started last week and there is a big wet reddish brown patch on the ceiling now. I would also like to add that the radiator has not been working the same as it did a few weeks ago. Now it is barely ever warm and I swear it is 40 degrees in here right now. There seems to be no issues with any of the other radiators, just the one in my room.
I decided that this issues was not going away and I told my landlord today. He said everything was fine and it was only making a lot of noise because he replaced his own radiators downstairs. I asked him if it would go away and he said there is nothing he can do to fix it until winter is over. He also said he would paint over the leak in the spring. I am very frustrated because I cannot sleep at night and my ceiling is dripping and my floor is wet.
What is the issue exactly? Is there anything I can go to fix it? How to I convey my frustrations to my landlord so that it will be fixed. I really want this issue fixed, my lease isn't up until summer and I cannot stand the noises and water leak!!
I inserted an image from the day after the leak start and an image from today.
All comments welcome! I really want to figure this out.