Roof Repair - Leak

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  1. JY07

    JY07 Well-Known Member

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    When I got home from work on Friday I noticed there was a 4' line of discoloration on the ceiling of my kitchen (it had been raining most of Thursday/Friday). I went up into the attic and couldn't find anything, then on Saturday went up on the roof and everything looked normal there as well.

    Today I went back up into the attic as it was raining, and found the leak: part of one of the sheets of plywood had splintered in the middle (from hail last week I'm guessing?), and there was a steady drip of water coming down from that.

    Is this something I can fix from the inside? or do the shingles/barrier need to be replaced in that area from the outside, even if everything looks normal (to my untrained eye, anyway)?
     
  2. Senolcyc

    Senolcyc Well-Known Member

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    Have an insurance adjuster come out and take a look. You can't make a good decision without that information. If it's hail damage, it should be covered by your homeowners policy. And that's why you have it. Call your agent, get the ball rolling on an adjustment and possible claim.
     
  3. CONEClone

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    If you have any pictures that'd help a lot.

    The plywood shouldn't be too big of a deal provided it isn't severely damaged. To me it sounds like you just need to replace the felt and shingles.
     
  4. RustyClone

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    Sounds like you have hail damage, and that is not something that can be repaired from the inside. Call your insurance agent and a couple of roofers.
     
  5. Clonefan94

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    There are some options, but nothing that's going to get you any further than the next couple of rains, at best. Plus, you'll want your insurance adjuster to look at it before you do anything to it.

    to do the repair right, you'll need to replace that area.

    I've had a lot of roof issues over the years. And no matter what getting to the root of the problem and fixing it is the only long term solution. You'd be amazed what you don't see on the outside and what's really going on. I had a small leak for years that I couldn't find and just kept putting a band aid on. Then one day, while cleaning out a gutter, I caught it at the perfect angle and noticed a tiny hole in the shingle that was causing my problem. That was about two or 2 courses about where the water was actually coming into the attic. So water here could mean leak over there. A pro should be able to find your issue.
     
  6. JY07

    JY07 Well-Known Member

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    Would there be a point in calling my insurance company if my deductible's at $1,000? I would think for something smaller like this I wouldn't want to report it (like auto), but I might be thinking about it the wrong way

    Anyone have any recommendations on roofing companies that handle repairs like this in the dsm metro?
     
  7. Clonefan94

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    #7 Clonefan94, Jun 13, 2011
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    You don't have to cash in on it. I'd still call them and have them come take a look. $1000 for a new roof is cheap if it comes to that. And no, homeowners is not like car insurance where they will ding you if they find out about anything. This type of stuff should really be built in to your homeowners insurance. And in reality, getting a small problem fixed now, could save them a heap of cash down the road.
     
  8. Senolcyc

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    There's no charge for having an adjuster come out. And your rates won't go up. You simply cannot make an informed decision until you do that.
     
  9. JY07

    JY07 Well-Known Member

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    The roof was just replaced last year, so I would not be a happy camper if it came to that

    Gotcha; i'll give them a call


    Thanks for the help!
     
  10. ISUAgronomist

    ISUAgronomist Well-Known Member

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    Definately call your insurance. I had a roof leak last year that only left a 1 foot x 3 inch water mark in my living room and consisted of replacing the last 6 shingles at the top edge of the roof (ie. easy to get to), scrape and retexture the water mark, and repainting my living room. Insurance total $1200 after my $500 deductible.
     
  11. Scott34

    Scott34 Well-Known Member

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    I would agree with getting the roof checked out. One problem that you may have is there may be some other spots on your roof that may be damaged and just not leaking yet. So getting it checked out should be done. If that is the only spot that is damaged, replacing that section or area would be the cheapest way to go.
     

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