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Posted by Steven in Colorado Springs, CO on 10/11/2019 9:53:31 PM

Well now, one problem with having a wet snowfall is that you get to deal with the consequences.  On the plus side that means everybody got some badly needed water, and I was able to burn a whole bunch of trash and wood, and generally it kicked me in the butt to make sure things were tight against the cold and such.

On the minus side, however, it means your leak work gets tested....

SIGH.

I went upstairs about noon and halfway up the steps I could hear the water leaking into the buckets below.  It was a steady stream of water, not continuous but steady.  I cleaned up the immediate mess and then began to investigate where it was coming from.

Well, at least I have a better feeling for what's going now.  Last year I had determined that much of the leak was from around the patio door upstairs on the turret, so I did a lot of work to apply caulking and re-slope some sections and re-caulk around the windows and various lighting fixtures.  I checked the turret....no sign.  I checked the attic interior along that wall...no sign.  I checked the patio door...BINGO!

As I'd suspected last year the patio door and the incompetent flashing the contractors did was the cause of the problem, and that was quite evident here.  I had cut two sections around the door on either side to test for water, and while the subflooring was dry on the "outside" side but it was very definitely wet on the "house" side.  I quickly swept off all of the water from away from that portion of the roof and the dripping completely subsided about five minutes later, which helped convince me that was in fact the problem.  Then I took a closer look outside on that side of the door and it was very clear that this was where the water was coming in.....the rubberized surface in that section is all "bubbled".  That's normal in these cases; the bubbling is caused by gasses released by wood (the subflooring) decomposing underneath.  The section in question runs about a foot out from the door and perhaps a foot along the door as well.

So...while this is very annoying at least the snowfall helped to zero in on the problem.  There was nothing at all inside the attic, nothing at all along the turret walls....it was all coming in right there at that section along the patio door.  I'm going to see what I can do on a temporary basis to prevent any further leaking for the winter, and then I can start collecting tools and make plans for how I will fix that threshold.

A very annoying issue, to be sure, but at least the source has been confirmed.....that's always a start!


Steven in Colorado

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Items pressed into service to catch the dripping (as I was pretty sure it was going to leak after this storm).
The poor ceiling that's been brutalized by the leaking. I figure I'm going to have to replace this section through here, probably next summer.
The section where the water is coming in and the wood has been causing badness.


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