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Old 09-14-2011, 10:40 PM   #16
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Hi, on a new home does drying the roof in (or sealing and roofing tile) have to be done before installing insulation and drywall inside? If it's not is this pure negligence on the home builder or is this a legal matter (considering it rained on my house and now the bottom half insulation/drywall is soaked throughout the whole house, including ceiling) See pictures.
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Old 09-15-2011, 05:11 AM   #17
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Hi, on a new home does drying the roof in (or sealing and roofing tile) have to be done before installing insulation and drywall inside?
I don’t think that’s written anywhere that you have too but common sense would say you would.

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It certainly is the responsibility of the builder. Whether it’s a legal matter or not will depend on how the builder deals with the situation.

As pointed out in your other thread any insulation that got wet and damaged drywall should be replaced with new. Mold is a serious issue.

The builders or roofing contractors liability insurance should cover this.

What has the builders response been so far?
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I donít think thatís written anywhere that you have too but common sense would say you would.



It certainly is the responsibility of the builder. Whether itís a legal matter or not will depend on how the builder deals with the situation.

As pointed out in your other thread any insulation that got wet and damaged drywall should be replaced with new. Mold is a serious issue.

The builders or roofing contractors liability insurance should cover this.

What has the builders response been so far?

You also asked about an environmentalist. I suspect he would say there is no mold at this time. If your builder was to fix the leak and remove the wet materials, the building would be dry by Monday.
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KWIK, the superintendent wont ever call me back because "the sales people told me he has been so busy, and so stressed about the situation." Which makes me feel great about the situation. The sales person also told me they are sending out an environmentalist on Monday to detect all the moisture areas. I want them to do what daveb said and fix the roof and just remove all wet materials and once the house is dry then replace insulation/drywall. Is that to much to ask?
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KWIK, the superintendent wont ever call me back because "the sales people told me he has been so busy, and so stressed about the situation." Which makes me feel great about the situation. The sales person also told me they are sending out an environmentalist on Monday to detect all the moisture areas. I want them to do what daveb said and fix the roof and just remove all wet materials and once the house is dry then replace insulation/drywall. Is that to much to ask?
Donít know what all of the stress is about on his end. This is why we have liability insurance and pay a pretty sum for it too. It saved my ass once before.
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The exterior walls and roof are required to be "dried-in" before any electrical wiring is done. As daveb1 said in post #3, earlier. If the roof wasn't tar papered or felt installed, it is in direct violation of electrical code. The walls require housewrap or builders paper, usually not completely sided as sometime the gables are sided later (but still weathered in).

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Don't let them just "dry it out". Any insulation or drywall that got wet and wasn't completely dried within 72 hours has got the start of mold colonies already forming in it. Even if it eventually dries, it is compromised. Insist on someone going around the house with a moisture meter and marking off anything that is above normal levels of moisture. Even if you can't feel the dampness, it may be present. Insist also that any wetted material be cut back no less than 12" past the wet line. Drywall will wick moisture for a long distance if left undried. They should also thoroughly dry the framing before reinstalling new insulation and drywall. New drywall hung over wet framing just becomes more wet drywall.
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Hey Cdessel, any updates?

I’d sure like to know how this one turned out with the contractor.
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Does that house have a brick veneer as an outside sheathing? Are there windows above the area that is getting wet. I had a similar situation where the window sills were a rowlock course of brick and the mortar joints were leaking water. The water was running down behind the brick veneer. Check out this youtube video showing the water being drawn into the mortar joints.

My remedy was to have the rowlocks replaced with limestone sills.
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@ Kwik, after tearing out the wet drywall/insulation, they supposedly hired an environmentalist to come out and detect all moist areas, they said the moisture test passed. I then asked for a copy of the moisture test and the sales associate told me that "I wont get a copy since the home builder doesn't even get a copy only there attorney gets a copy." Which made no sense to me, you would think they would be more than happy to give me a copy of the test, if it passed? I kept pushing them for it and finally they said I would get a copy when I close on the house. I have my first walk through on Monday.
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@ Kwik, after tearing out the wet drywall/insulation, they supposedly hired an environmentalist to come out and detect all moist areas, they said the moisture test passed. I then asked for a copy of the moisture test and the sales associate told me that "I wont get a copy since the home builder doesn't even get a copy only there attorney gets a copy." Which made no sense to me, you would think they would be more than happy to give me a copy of the test, if it passed? I kept pushing them for it and finally they said I would get a copy when I close on the house. I have my first walk through on Monday.
That makes no sense at all. Why would the builder, who is on the hook, not get a copy of the report? I'd love to see a copy of that report. With all the run around, I'm betting there isn't much to it if it exists at all. You should have your attorney insist on a copy ahead of time so you can review it.

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