Sorry I’ve been behind on the Blue and Silver Christmas countdown…But my house sort of imploded.
Well, last week it POURED and POURED some more. Then it decided to just go ahead and keep right on POURING. I was getting pretty nervous about all that water leaking down my ceiling and down the living room wall via some unidentified leak in my roof.
And the homes in our development all have concrete tile roofs and
because they were extremely cheap for some strange reason they didn’t put any plywood under the tiles…they’re just stacked directly on the cross beams and trusses (mostly I’m just pretending to know the jargon, so let’s not quote me on any of this, k?).
Anyway, from the ground, we couldn’t see any kind of hole or crack near or above where the water was leaking in. And because there isn’t any plywood under the tiles, we’ve been told if you walk on the tiles, they crack and break easily (and nothing sturdy underneath where you’re standing, so you could potentially fall straight through. So we had no idea how we were going to get a close look at the roof.
Then I had the bright idea of just tearing out the drywall in the ceiling where the water is, and hopefully we’d be able to see the hole from that way.
So we had to paper and plastic off the entire room. Quite the task when it has vaulted ceilings and an open stairwell to the upstairs:
So the main lead was in the center of the room, and it ran down the ceiling and pooled in that spot by the window and dripped down the wall. Pure awesomeness. The drywall was a so soggy and a tiny bit moldy, but luckily the mold was just concentrated in small spots.
After all that work, we found part of the problem…but not the hole/crack. They installers did put sime kind of silver sublining below the tiles that was supposed to keep the water from leaking directly to the drywall should a crack occur. But after 25 years, ours had pretty much disintigrated to nothing up to the place where the water damage was. So the leak was above that area somewhere and had run down the silver lining and then started dripping onto the drywall where the lining started to disappear. Blah.
My husband is in residency right now and is in the middle of one of the busiest rotations with the longest hours. He works a 30 hour shift this Saturday and Sunday and gets home between 7:30 and 9:00 at night each night. Plus it was raining cats and dogs. Plus we had no idea how we were going to get on the roof to find the crack.
Meet my arch nemesis, aka “our roof”:
Super nice guy, very eager to help out, but no hubby with time.
Behold, what’s that I hear as I’m walking across the street after talking to him?? It’s my “Dirty Little Secret” ringtone! Yeah, my husband was calling to say 6 of their 8 patients in the hospital had miraculously been discharged, and they sent one resident home! He was on his way home at 3:00!
Here’s the sealant we used. Henry 208R.
So my husband was home when there was daylight. We found out how to walk on and repair the roof. And the weather was perfect! Do miracles always come in 3’s??