A man has voiced his horror after his home was flooded with raw sewage – and said he would be better off on the street.
Robert Pine, from Gateshead, said it is a “joke” that excrement continues to burst through the toilet and bath of his “stinking” flat.
The 45-year-old was left stunned when he walked into his bathroom to see human faeces all over the floor after his toilet had overflowed, Chronicle Live reports.
The Gateshead Housing Company (TGHC) sent a worker to the flat to stop the flooding but insisted that Robert stop using his bathroom.
They instead gave him keys to an alternative flat six floors down in the block for him to go to the toilet and have a wash.
But on Sunday night, despite not using the toilet for two weeks, he was met with the same “disgusting” problem with sewage seeping through into his passageway, living room and bedroom.
He said: “It was going everywhere after coming up through the bath and toilet.
“I haven’t even been using the toilet so it must be someone else’s excrement that I am having to clean up.
“I was rushing around to stop it spreading and I was using new towels I had bought which are now ruined.
“It’s an absolute joke. I’ve been waking up in the middle of the night needing the toilet. Qhen it’s freezing cold outside to go to the toilet, it’s like being back in the 1970s with an outside toilet.
“At one point I was homeless and I think it’s now got to the point where I’d rather sleep on the streets.”
Robert says he phoned the TGHC’s emergency line on Sunday night and a plumber attended the property on Tuesday to take a look at the mystery blockage.
It is understood they will have to return with a camera to put down into the pipes to investigate the issue further.
But Robert says he can’t keep living this way and wants the problem resolved by TGHC as a matter of urgency.
“It needs sorting out now,” Robert said. “I can’t escape the smell, it’s horrendous. With the lockdown I’ve got nowhere else I can go.
“I’m absolutely sick of it. I can’t keep staying here but I’ve not been offered anywhere else to stay.
“It’s absolutely stinking in here now and it’s been freezing cold as I’ve had issues with the heating since I moved in.
“It is horrific and this whole situation has been a nightmare.
“I’m sat here and it’s constantly in my head wondering when it might happen again.”
A Gateshead Housing Company spokeswoman said: “We are very sorry that the drainage issue in Mr Pine’s home is taking longer than expected to resolve.
“We have attempted to resolve the issue and have made several visits in an attempt to do so.
“Unfortunately this has proved very difficult because of the design of the block of flats. We have now engaged a specialist contractor to deal with it.
“We have repaired the heating in Mr Pine’s flat but we acknowledge that the plumbing issue is still a concern.
“We have apologised to Mr Pine and offered a stay in hotel accommodation until the matter is resolved.
“We have also provided Mr Pine with additional support given that he has not been able to use his bathroom and we will arrange to professionally clean up when the repair work is finished.”