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Question DetailsAsked on 1/9/2017

Do I have a roof problem?

Help! Purchased this home 6 months ago and haven't seen this happen until today. We haven't had rain recently and when I came home today I noticed that it looks like the stucco around our windows is wet and even up to the roof line. Any idea what might be going on? No signs of water damage on the inside of the house.

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No rain recently - so unless you have snowpack on the roof, the water would have to be coming from either a blocked attic air conditioner drain line leaking out to the wall, or some water leak source in the attic - water heater, plumbing, liquid filled solar heating panel system on roof, or whatever other liquid source you might have plumbed or stored up there.

Or - if you have snowpack on the roof, look to see if you have glaciering and ice damming on the eaves or around vents, causing backing up of melt water under the roofing and leakage into the attic. Commonly leaks through the roof just above the ice and water shield (if you have that, typically in 3 or 6 foot wide strip along the eaves) at about the eave line (where roof is right over the exterior wall).

Obviously, if you have ready attic access go up and look for wetness, water staining, wet insulation, water lying on top of the ceiling drywall and vapor barrier. Otherwise, if the roof is snow covered or icy I would call a roofer, assuming it is ice damming causing it. If dry roof surface, then call a plumber if you have plumbing or boiler or water heater in the attic, otherwise Heating and A/C if you have only air conditiioner up there and it has been running. (HVAC also viable for water heater or boiler - in some areas plumbers commonly service them, in other plumbers do only piping and HVAC does water-heating appliances).

One other remote possibility - if you have any liquids stored up there and they might have frozen and burst their containers, check that possibility out.

If the wetness truly goes to the roofline, almost certainly a roof issue - which without rain means snowpack or roof-mounted liquid-filled solar panel leakage through the roof.

Answered 3 years ago by LCD



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