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Old 11-22-2010, 12:14 PM   #16
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Leaking water when rain heavily outside.


Mr Thomas is correct. If it is skipping a floor and leaking at the wall of a lower bathroom then I would suspect the bathroom vent pipe flashing. If the vent pipe travels up that wall and to the roof, the flashing is leaking.

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Old 11-28-2010, 06:06 PM   #17
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Thanks Thomas for such detail explanation with photos and web info. Will find a home inspector come look for the leak either from the roof or from the plumbing or shower tub.
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Old 11-28-2010, 06:11 PM   #18
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I wonder turbine is good or not, when is raining or snowing will draw the snow and rain to come in?? How does it work?
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Old 11-28-2010, 06:29 PM   #19
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Usually, when I track down a weather-related leak which "skips" a floor, I find that the water is traveling down a plumbing or chimney chase from a incorrectly sealed roof penetration or chimney.

Here's an example, follow the link below the picture for the full account of the cause of this leak and how it was eventually found as it's too long to post here:



Using infrared imaging to find roof (ceiling) leaks that skip floors – Paragon infrared inspections – Chicago / Evanston / Morton Grove

(That's beta version of the new web site, so many links off that page will not yet work properly, but I don't have the material up anywhere else)

Even with tools like infrared cameras and moisture meters this kind of leak can be difficult to track down based on where the water appears at the ceiling.

I frequently encounter water at ceiling surfaces which has traveled substantial distances either above the finished surface of the ceiling or within the drywall itself, usually within the joint compound at a drywall seam.

For example at this ceiling below water from a defective seal where a drain passed through the roof sheathing traveled around 15 feet along the drain line – including past the 2x4” support, before it dripped down onto the ceiling below:





and traveled 4 feet to the right of the drain line, at the opening nearest the center of the room:




For such reasons it's often easiest to track these leaks from above if you have attic access; next time you have a heavy rain check the all roof penetrations at the underside of the roof surface - the chances are good that you will detect evidence of staining at the roof sheathing or find wetted insulation below the leak.

Very good information Michael.

You might want to consider adding a "For Contractors" Tabbed Section to your website by the way.

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Old 11-28-2010, 07:22 PM   #20
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Hi Ed the roofer,
Does roofer willing to go see the attic to find out where it leaks or is not their responsibilities? And does roofer install Thermwire melt on part of the roof with very short period of sun shine at that area and downspout to melt the snow in winter time?
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If you’re unwilling to get in or on your roof, call the roofer.
Very true.

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