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Question DetailsAsked on 1/17/2017

NEED A ROOFER IN 27312 AREA TO CHECK MY TOWNHOUSE ROOF FOR AREAS OF WATER INTRUSION. HAVE FLOODED IN PAST.

HAVE FLOODED IN PAST WITH CONTINUAL WATER INTRUSION WHEN IT RAINS. POSSIBLE THAT WATER IS COMING FROM ROOF BETWEEN FIREWALLS AS THERE ARE NO WATER STAINS ANYWHERE. INSPECTOR FEELS ITS ROOF/FLASHING PROBLEM. 2 DIFFERENT ROOFERS OUT. 1 SAYS FLASHING PROBLEM, 1 SAYS NOT ROOF CUZ NO STAINS ANYWHERE. NOONE HAS BEEN ON THE ROOF THO-JUST IN ATTIC. NEED TO HAVE ROOF LOOKED AT BEFORE I TEAR UP STAIRS TO SEE IF CRACKED FOUNDATION.

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OK - THAT confused me - you start off talking about a likely roof leak, then change to thinking maybe cracked foundation ? Should be able to figure out if coming from roof or ground level without too much trouble.


WHERE is the water appearing in the house - if free water is coming in more than nan inch or two above the top of the foundation, then not a foundation or outside ponding or roof runoff along the foundation issue (these are the first things to look for if you are thinking foundation issue).


Even if foundation caused - I can't see "tearing up" the stairs - presumably there is drywall covered crawl space under them or panelling or toekicks or such which can be removed, or even remove a single tread, to look for where wetness is coming in. Unless that is what you meant - more like "delicately tear into" rathear than "tear up".


If in roof area, unless it is coming down through a chimney (due to missing rain cap or deteriorated crown or cap flashing or physical damage to chimney or such), then presumably unless due to backup of water from ice damming at the eaves, would normally be from a visibly damaged area of roofing or ridge vent, leaking roof penetration (pipe, vent) or missing roof jack/seal on such, or a flashing failure (or missing flashing) - and would pretty much always leave noticeable staining (presuming this has been a repeated occurrence) visible in the attic at or downhill of the affected area. A roofer should certainly be able to determine this.


Since you mention a firewall (aka partywall) as a possibility - certainly a failure of the crown flashing or built-up roofing on top of that could cause this, as could faulty or missing step flashing at the base of that wall - a very common location for leaks in row houses and condos and such. Though assuming you have accessible attics, usually pretty easy to see staining either on one or more sides of the firewall, where it penetrates the roof, or under it in the living area itself as ceiling staining. REAL rare for that type of leak to make it to foundation level without interior staining evidence.


While certainly a roof inspection is called for to look for signs of damage or missing flashing or such, if you can get under the roof sheathing and look there for water staining (or best, wetness during/right after a rain) that is generally the best starting point, then tracking back to the source from there - which a thermal infrared camera (or smartphone or tablet or laptop tuned to near-IR sensitivity on the camera) can sometimes be the mnost efficient way to do that - seeing the difference in temperature of the roof due to the moisture in the roofing materials.


Other attic-area sources for this sort of leakage - obviously any piping in attic (usually only in non-freezing areas), attic mounted air conditioner leaking condensate, or leaking attic mounted heating system boiler or a water heater or water softener system.


Roofing is the Search the List category to find well-rated and reviewed roofers in your area.


Good Luck, and may the problem be simple to fix.

Answered 1 year ago by LCD

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