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Old 02-22-2007, 08:34 PM   #16
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Here is the real question though. after reading your detailed post about what usually happens...it doesn't sound like that is what is happening. if it was happening as you described...wouldn't the roof leak during the winter? i have had no leaks for the last month of cold weather where the temps don't rise and there is no natural freeze and thaw. it does not leak until the temps rise and melt the ice and snow. when the ice and snow are gone it quits

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Old 02-22-2007, 08:37 PM   #17
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the furnace does not run all the time. that's not to say that it doesn't run it's share. the house was/is drafty. i used the shrink plastic kits on all the windows this winter
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Old 02-22-2007, 08:41 PM   #18
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What are the outside temps when the roof does not leak?
What are the outside temps when the roof first starts to leak?
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Old 02-22-2007, 08:47 PM   #19
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the furnace does not run all the time. that's not to say that it doesn't run it's share. the house was/is drafty. i used the shrink plastic kits on all the windows this winter

Is there any insulation in the side walls of the house?
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Old 02-22-2007, 08:51 PM   #20
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there really isn't any wall insulation to speak of. the walls are cold. it's an old house. the outside temps were in the single digits, teens, and 20's and it wasn't leaking. this week it got sunny and low 40's/high 30's and i got alot of water in the house. down the walls. some on the ceiling close to the walls, and even my window trim was pretty wet
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there really isn't any wall insulation to speak of. the walls are cold. it's an old house. the outside temps were in the single digits, teens, and 20's and it wasn't leaking. this week it got sunny and low 40's/high 30's and i got alot of water in the house. down the walls. some on the ceiling close to the walls, and even my window trim was pretty wet
The reason that it was not "leaking" when it was it the single digits is that the water was refreezing as it entered the house thru the roof. When the outside temps got warmer then 32 then the leak was able to travel farther and not refreeze. And now the leak appears.

Have you gone up in the attic to see if you can see the water coming in?

Have you called your insurance company?

Take photos of the leaks/damage for the insurance claim.
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Old 02-22-2007, 09:07 PM   #22
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are you saying that the water is already in the house/attic, has frozen again before it can get to the ceiling or walls? how is that possible. the walls are cold but not that cold
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i think i need to do some more investigating in my attic.
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Old 02-24-2007, 05:55 PM   #24
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Have you found where the water is coming in?
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Old 03-06-2007, 01:56 PM   #25
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Nick,
I'm having same problem with my roofs, in fact its been an on going problem. Somewhere heat is escaping, in my case I suspect its where I can't get to it because of cathereal ceilings, I have tried reisulation the attic, also sealed every crack 1/4" or wider with metal hardware cloth because I found where animals had gotten in and damaged insulation (word of warnng if you find this in your house wear protective gear when removing ) I then reinsulated and add addional 12 inchs. also check proper vent this runs from attic space to the eve vents (one in each rafte bay) that they are not closed off. I also installed an attic fan and when roof was replaced a vented ridge cap, both ends of my attic have vents, still I get leaks. Like you I'm at my wits end on how to solve this destruction to frame and the loss of r- value due to wet insulation, even if I locate heat escape may not be a quick fix, I'm not sure hiring someone who can use infrared detection would help, maybe? I have also thought of ripping roofing off and starting over (roof is only 5 years old, insulate with ridged 2 inch foam, having whole roof covered with ice shield and reshingling. I live in nothern N.Y. so there is plenty of snow to go around, since this house was build its been a problem. Finding someone who knows what they are doing and will not rip you off is a problem, one thing I have learned is get in writing and be there when the work is being done, contractors are like loggers, one bad one gives a blackeye to the good ones,.
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