The front balcony bathroom has issues. Lots of issues.
If you look at the lower right corner of the window you can see a pipe and 2 black wires that go into the bathroom through the window.
Not only did it block up but one of the pipes leaks now. Water started leaking through the balcony floor to drop to the ground below. So we have shut off the water to the loo with its inlet tap.
The plumber suggested that trying to fix it would be tricky as the water pipes are of the old iron kind, hence the leak. So we would have to look at replacing all the pipes back to the water main. He also mentioned that the bathroom isn’t up to standard in that there is no drain hole for the floor so we would have to replace the floor as well.
Not to mention the gas pipe that comes in through the window. Yes. Through the window. When the gas was installed to the instamatic gas hot water system a corner of the window was broken in order to avoid having to drill a hole through the wall. The hot water does work as I have had a few showers here when the back bathroom freezes up. Also before the roof fell in.
Also the ceiling has fallen in from the long term leak that had been conveniently dropping into the bath tub. So basically we are looking at effectively replacing the whole bathroom.
So we are now seriously considering removing the whole bathroom. Removing the bathroom would restore the balcony back to its previous size. This bathroom had been added in 1925 when the house was converted into flats. I think it is the way to go. Taking out the bathroom would return the balcony to its original purpose. Another positive is it should be a lot cheaper than basically replacing it. We would still have four bathrooms in the house. It has always felt a bit odd to use it when people can walk by on the footpath below.