I am looking for a little input as this is my first home, and my first
problem. Yesterday, during a rather heavy rainstorm (3" in 12 hours)
with strong winds, I noticed a leak in my dining room ceiling. Enough
to blister the paint and cause water to fall to the ground. (maybe 24
oz. of water, but not buckets). Total size of the water-mark ring in
the ceiling is about 12". Above the room is a deck on the second
floor. The house is about 3 years old, there is heavy black liner
under the deck, and the sides of the house are covered with vinyl
siding. I understand that water can travel, and I am looking for ideas
on how to find the leak. Or maybe some preventative treatments to try
before I open up my ceiling.
Thanks for your input.
Decks over conditioned spaces are an invitation for trouble.
We're working on several replacements for this kind of installation.
I'd look at the edges of the " heavy black liner " for lapses in
Could the wind have forced water (uphill) into an area not normally a
problem? If so it might not happen often but indicates more places to look
(consider the direction the wind was blowing during the storm).
You may want to open the cieling anyway to make sure it dries fast and mold
does not have a chance to get a foothold. A good soaking with Lysol can
head that problem off at the pass. Tracing the wetness back to an exterior
wall is the best and most reliable way to find a leak, unfortunately it is
also the most destructive.
I have a somewhat similiar problem. A heavy rain causes water to get in
between the header/window on the floor below. As it turns out, when they
build the house, they did the deck before the siding was put on.
The desk is screwed directly to the side of the house... and there is no
flashing or covering in that small space between the first deckboard,
below the sliding dorrs to the deck, and the footer boards below.
Luckily for me, the deck is constructed cheesily enough I can pry up the
first deck board, and put a channel under/behind it to get the water away...
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