04:40PM | 02/24/03
Member Since: 02/23/03
2 lifetime posts
We have a 1946 Cape with an asphalt roof, master bdrm on first floor with second floor above. During heavy, driving rain only, we have a water leak that travels from the edge of the forward wall (below the dormer), across a beam in our master bdrm ceiling, ultimately collecting (pooling) in our bedroom light fixture. :-} There is no leak in the room directly upstairs from the master bdrm. My husband has spent countless hours on the roof with goopy sealants attempting to patch the "cracks" he has imagined are the potential source(s). Lately, he's beginning to wonder if it is a gutter issue. During the most recent heavy rain, the entry point for the leak had relocated itself about a foot to the left of its original location (perhaps due to my husband's sealing efforts?).

The roof is only about 8 years old. We don't have a clue what to do next. I was hoping perhaps someone else might... Thanks in advance.


05:18AM | 02/25/03
Member Since: 03/13/00
1675 lifetime posts
That sounds like a problem that I tried for years to fix. Eventually, I got myself on a ladder on the outside and a helper on a ladder inside and sprayed the heck out of the area with a water hose.
The problem turned out to be a window. The glass was not sealed to the wood frame, and when the wind drove the rain, it came in and ran down inside the wall to the first floor in surprisingly large volumes. It usually came out around an electrical outlet.
My advice is: go over the area, especially the windows, with a strong water hose.
I had spent lots of time on the roof, in the attic, and caulking around the OUTSIDE of the window frames, but never thought of the glass-to-frame seal.
Good luck.

[This message has been edited by rpxlpx (edited February 26, 2003).]


04:23PM | 03/02/03
Member Since: 02/23/03
2 lifetime posts
Think you might be right about the window. After reading your experience, my husband recalled fixing a similar problem on the opposite side of the house by sealing the window. Thanks for your suggestion!


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