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Question DetailsAsked on 10/9/2014

during heavy rain only I got a leak in ceiling of 1st floor and no pipes above. who do i call?

I have new windows (about 3 years now), gutters are okay. we just had a big rain overnight and into the day and I noticed a big circle of water and a small one on the kitchen/dining area ceiling. The big one was dripping. The water inside the pot looked like weak coffee. I checked the upstairs floors and they were all dry and there are no pipes running through the floor.
who/What kind of service do I call?

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The only way to define the issue is to start tracking the leak - you can open up the ceiling to see wiht a flashlight and track back to the soruce from there, or in uninsulated ceilings/walls you can use about a 1/2" hole to inspect with a fiber optic camera - rent for about $25-40/day from Home Depot or tool rental stores or some auto parts stores, or buy at Amazon o Harbor Freight or such for about $70-100 if you want to keep one on hand for future use.


I would look where this occurs - andof course start by looking in the attic is you can get up there. Because of the coffee color, which might just be from wood leaching or rusting of iron in the drywall (especially if the troublesome Chinese drywall in Florida of a couple of years ago), but could also be leakage through a rusted roof vent for say kitchen fan. Since showing up onfirst floor but not second, if leak is near kitchen hood that would be my first guess, if near window then that would be my guess.


You could contact a roofer or a window person and be wrong - so I would check the attic for leakage, especially in valleys and around penetrations in the roof - if wet/stained there, you need a roofer. If totally dry there then window would be my next guess, but without tracking the leak to a specific spots any repair would be hit or miss - so the fiber optic camera is your best idea. If you have fancy ceiling that would be hard to repair seamlessly, you could call an energy auditor or plumber with an infrared scanner (which does not require opening up walls to follow a leak) - o see if your Home Depot (just starting to rent them) or local tool rental place rents them - typically about $50-75/day.

Answered 3 years ago by LCD




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