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Question DetailsAsked on 7/24/2014

Two years agao during the heavy snow storm, water leaked from the gutters to my kitchen and leaked in few places of

ceiling. Our bathroom is above the kitchen. After one time we don't seem to have leakage problem. We want to paint the house but before that we want to make sure that there really no hidden problem. Who do I call? Plumber or general contractor? How much work will be involved?

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If it occurred during the big storm and no sign of it since, I doubt there is any damage needing repairing.

I would question how it leaked from your gutters to you kitchen though - unless you have a flat roof so your gutters are right at the face of the house. If you have an overhang like most houses, then sounds like maybe it backed up behind an ice dam and came into a roof vent - or leaked in the roof - so if that is the case I would be looking at a roof inspection.

If you really want to check there is no leakage in the bathroom subfloor, it would take opening up the kitchen ceiling or using a fiberoptic borescope to inspect in the bathroom subfloor - borescope takes typically 1/2" hole or two versus 1-2 foot square hole, so obviously easier to repair - most painters could repair 1/2" holes as part of their prep if noted in scope of work.

Personally, if no sign of it since then, I would not be looking inside the house for issues, because one-time flooding like that (as long as not in insulated walls) tends to dry out fine by itself without leaving permanent damage, even though mildew or mold may form initially but then dry out anddie off.

Answered 6 years ago by LCD

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