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03 June 2014 @ 09:20 am
It Never Rains but it Pours...  
On top of parent health issues (my father is back in the hospital after another low pressure issue and kidney problems, ladyat's mother has had enough problems living alone that we've convinced her to come live with us this fall), the small gods of the household have become disgruntled with us and decided to shower us (literally) with unblessings.

This winter we had some significant ice buildup on a section of the roof. The ice itself (as well as my actions trying to break it up by flailing wildly while clinging white-knuckled to a ladder) had broken the vent cover off and changed the shape of the internal grating. I was able to fix the cover (coming at it from the other, slightly - but only very slightly - less fear-inducing side) but neglected to look at the vent itself. We had no problem during the rest of the winter nor during other rains.

However, yesterday afternoon the rain we've been waiting for finally came in a single deluge. It was unusually hard rain even for here - we essentially had a waterfall coming over one of the gutters because it simply couldn't handle the volume - and the runoff, when coming down the side of the house with the poor bedraggled roof vent, decided to come inside for a sit down and a cup of tea.

It soaked into the 12" of insulation (6" of blown in, 6" of strip insulation (some of which probably had things in it I should neither have touched nor breathed)) and began to drip into the kitchen as well as finding its way down the wall into the basement.

As old houses have lots of little cubby holes and access doors I was able to get into the space pretty easily and get a bucket under the water. Unfortunately, there was no floor joist below it so I had to do a lot of holding while figuring out what to do with only one hand. As I explored where the water was coming in, I found that it wasn't coming from under the flashing so much as it was coming through the air slits. After some more poking and prodding it turned out that the grating had been pushed into a concave (from the outside perspective) bowl that collected the water running down the roof and obligingly routed it into the attic instead of around. A bit of re-shaping and the water flow stopped.

All that was left (hah) was to empty the bucket, clear away about 6 square feet of wet insulation, wet-vac the ceiling laths so as not to have more water soaking through to the plaster, get up to the ceiling of the kitchen and relieve the pressure on the lingam formed by water distending the latex paint (I'm melting! Melting! All my watery wickedness!), and generally mop up the mess.

I'd called an emergency roof repair but had figured out the workaround by the time he called back. Interestingly, though, we've needed this particular vent replaced for some time because it had been jury-rigged to serve as the outlet for the dryer vent rather than being, you know, an actual dryer vent. During more decent hours later this week the roofer will come out to replace that vent and make an actual code compliant connection. I may also get him to replace the fascia metal we've been trying to get done for a couple of years now.

Water. Why did it have to be water?
Current Mood: rushedrushed
madfilkentist: Rhinemadfilkentist on June 3rd, 2014 01:40 pm (UTC)
I'd offer you some dry humor to make you feel better, but I'm afraid my jokes would be all wet.
Cat Sitting Stillcatsittingstill on June 3rd, 2014 02:14 pm (UTC)
Argh and ick. At least you have a permanent (I hope) solution in sight.
Bill Roperbillroper on June 3rd, 2014 02:34 pm (UTC)
Ow! I'm sorry.

This reminds me that I need to deal with my intermittent leak in the roof...
GreyLadygrey_lady on June 3rd, 2014 05:32 pm (UTC)
I'm sorry. :( I think Life is just being difficult at the moment.
hms42 on June 3rd, 2014 06:27 pm (UTC)
Sorry to hear about the water problem. I hope the repairs come out cheaper than expected.