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How serious is leaking roof?
« on: August 13, 2022, 12:49:58 PM »
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  • How serious is a leaking roof in a typical American home, in a typical location with all 4 seasons? The roof in question has failed to the point that parts of the inner ceiling are visibly sagging, and water actually drips onto the floor during rainstorms. And there are audible sounds of bats in the attic. How long until this house becomes unlivable? How long until black mold becomes a health problem? How soon until this problem really snowballs? The family in this house doesn't open any windows either, not even during a hot summer.
    My instinct tells me this is really serious, because unlike a log cabin, a modern home is not designed to dry out quickly after each rain shower or storm. Much less airflow, you have drywall, insulation, lumber everywhere to hold the moisture and grow mold in between storms.

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    Re: How serious is leaking roof?
    « Reply #1 on: August 13, 2022, 01:22:01 PM »
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  • A more interesting question is how this topic even remotely approaches being posted in the anonymous forum?


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    One also wonders why this "mythical family" living anonymously in a leaky roof house won't open their windows?


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    Re: How serious is leaking roof?
    « Reply #2 on: August 13, 2022, 01:27:24 PM »
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  • IMO, it's past that point already based on what you describe.  I'm sure the attic is filled with bats, mold, all kinds of vermin, etc. ... and that it's just a matter of time before the ceiling gives way.  No, modern homes will not just dry out on their own, and even if they dry out, the mold will still be there, as will the bats, vermin, etc.  It could probably go at any time.  Most roofing companies will come out and inspect the roof with the thought of providing a estimate.  If the wood on the root is rotten, they may not want to go up there because it would be dangerous, but I think a roofing company could give them (for free) a good idea of the current extent of the damage, since all those considerations would factor in to their estimate.

    People put off replacing their roofs because it's too expensive and they simply can't afford it.  For my house, the quote was around $15,000 for a new roof.  Some shingles claim to be good for 30 years, others for 20 or 15, and some newer ones even claim 50.  I'm due for one within the next 3-4 years and am not looking forward to it.  I'm thinking of doing the metal roofing ... which should theoretically last forever ... but then it's going to cost twice as much ... but then if go with 30-year shingles, and I'm still around and still own the house 30 years from now, I'd be looking at doing it again.

    You don't want to get a new root too soon because it's expensive, but if you put if off even a little too long, the expense of replacing the roof goes way up, where you likely have to replace the wood / OSB on the roof, clean out the attic from mold (very expensive), and replace the ceiling drywall.

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    Re: How serious is leaking roof?
    « Reply #3 on: August 13, 2022, 02:01:10 PM »
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  • So, I had a roofing company come by last year, just knocked on the door because they were doing another home in the neighborhood.  They offered to do a free inspection and said if there's any damage they can work with our home insurance to get part of the roof replaced.  I figured it was one of those scam companies that go up there and then claim damage so the insurance companies would help pay for the roof.  But I let them check it out, and they came down and told me the roof was fine and had no issues, and I asked them how long they thought before I'd need a new roof and they figured at least 3-4 years.  So I asked them for their card, since they seemed honest.

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    Re: How serious is leaking roof?
    « Reply #4 on: August 13, 2022, 03:03:22 PM »
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  • A more interesting question is how this topic even remotely approaches being posted in the anonymous forum?



    One also wonders why this "mythical family" living anonymously in a leaky roof house won't open their windows?

    Sounds like a sensitive/personal question to me.


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    Re: How serious is leaking roof?
    « Reply #5 on: August 13, 2022, 11:16:05 PM »
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  • If it's to the point that water is literally dripping into the living room, then the attic must be absolutely soaked and covered in mold/mildew. I wouldn't feel comfortable living there until the hole was addressed and any mold mitigated, up to and including replacing any (likely) waterlogged and ruined studs.
    "Be kind; do not seek the malicious satisfaction of having discovered an additional enemy to the Church... And, above all, be scrupulously truthful. To all, friends and foes alike, give that serious attention which does not misrepresent any opinion, does not distort any statement, does not mutilate any quotation. We need not fear to serve the cause of Christ less efficiently by putting on His spirit". (Vermeersch, 1913).

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    Re: How serious is leaking roof?
    « Reply #6 on: August 14, 2022, 06:10:38 PM »
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  • How serious is a leaking roof in a typical American home, in a typical location with all 4 seasons? The roof in question has failed to the point that parts of the inner ceiling are visibly sagging, and water actually drips onto the floor during rainstorms. And there are audible sounds of bats in the attic. How long until this house becomes unlivable? How long until black mold becomes a health problem? How soon until this problem really snowballs? The family in this house doesn't open any windows either, not even during a hot summer.
    My instinct tells me this is really serious, because unlike a log cabin, a modern home is not designed to dry out quickly after each rain shower or storm. Much less airflow, you have drywall, insulation, lumber everywhere to hold the moisture and grow mold in between storms.
    How do people grow to adulthood and have such astounding ignorance in practical matters?

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    Re: How serious is leaking roof?
    « Reply #7 on: August 15, 2022, 06:55:07 AM »
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  • How do people grow to adulthood and have such astounding ignorance in practical matters?
    I just think the OP needs to speak to a professional although it may involve more than one kind.


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    Re: How serious is leaking roof?
    « Reply #8 on: August 15, 2022, 12:46:22 PM »
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  • One of the best and cheapest ways to stop leaks anywhere (basement to the roof) is Dap polyurathane, and you can do it yourself. 

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    Re: How serious is leaking roof?
    « Reply #9 on: August 15, 2022, 12:46:42 PM »
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  • One of the best and cheapest ways to stop leaks anywhere (basement to the roof) is Dap polyurathane, and you can do it yourself.
    I said this

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    Re: How serious is leaking roof?
    « Reply #10 on: September 22, 2022, 09:28:39 PM »
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  • It’s very serious.  I had a leaky roof, and then the mold problem, which was minor, grew exponentially.  I had to move out and leave behind everything I couldn’t soak in concentrated hydrogen peroxide or throw in the dryer.  I had to move more than halfway across the country to somewhere less expensive.

    As a result of the mold, my mother and I (she lives with me) developed severe chemical sensitivities that require an extremely restricted diet and not buying new plastic things (the chemicals that gas off are similar to those found in mold), which limits my life further.  I’m still having to see an expensive specialist, who says the problems come from mold toxins stored in my liver.  I’m getting better, but it’s a LONG road to recovery.  My mother is so sensitive that she can’t take that specialist’s medicines, so she’s having to look for someone else.

    Get a mold expert to look at it.  You may have to do what I’ve done.


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    Re: How serious is leaking roof?
    « Reply #11 on: September 22, 2022, 10:29:35 PM »
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  • How serious is a leaking roof in a typical American home, in a typical location with all 4 seasons? The roof in question has failed to the point that parts of the inner ceiling are visibly sagging, and water actually drips onto the floor during rainstorms. And there are audible sounds of bats in the attic. How long until this house becomes unlivable? How long until black mold becomes a health problem? How soon until this problem really snowballs? The family in this house doesn't open any windows either, not even during a hot summer.
    My instinct tells me this is really serious, because unlike a log cabin, a modern home is not designed to dry out quickly after each rain shower or storm. Much less airflow, you have drywall, insulation, lumber everywhere to hold the moisture and grow mold in between storms.
    Run, don't walk, away as fast as you can.  Then call the police and report, especially if children or elderly live in the house.  Do not return to the house until repairs are made and the mold abated or you risk medical ailments for the rest of your life.

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    Re: How serious is leaking roof?
    « Reply #12 on: September 23, 2022, 06:59:19 AM »
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  • Why is this anonymous?  

    The answer is very serious.  Toxic mold grows quickly.  Get the roof fixed and the premises inspected for mold.  If need be, get mold abatement done.  

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    Re: How serious is leaking roof?
    « Reply #13 on: September 23, 2022, 08:21:35 AM »
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  • My husband is a roofer and owns his own company.
    Having a leaky roof is very serious. It can cause health conditions if let go to far and also damage the foundation, which then leads to a more serious issue for your living situation.

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    Re: How serious is leaking roof?
    « Reply #14 on: September 23, 2022, 08:28:57 AM »
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  • My husband is a roofer and owns his own company.
    Having a leaky roof is very serious. It can cause health conditions if let go to far and also damage the foundation, which then leads to a more serious issue for your living situation.
    Find out who this is lady and call her husband without delay!