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banksmi1

02:13AM | 05/02/03
Member Since: 04/30/03
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After a very nice storm 2 nights ago, I come home to find a wet spot above my fireplace right at the crease where the wall and ceiling meet. The wet spot is about 2' long and about 4" wide. I only bought the house 3 weeks ago and have a home warranty, but they are claiming at this point (they are sending someone out to inpsect) that it won't be covered because it was from rotted wood. I can definitely tell that the drywall is soaked through.

To say the lease I am alittle frustrated and confused. What can I do to start to determine the extent of the damage?

Thanks for your help

pgriz

12:18PM | 05/02/03
Member Since: 01/21/03
67 lifetime posts
Rotted wood would be a result of the problem, not the cause. If you have an attic space above the ceiling, it would be good to get in there and see where the water is coming from. My guess is that the chimney flashing is not working correctly. As well, you don't say if this is a new home, or an older home. If it is an older home, and this is the first major rain you've had since you moved in, then my guess is that the problem was there before, and was not disclosed to you. If it is a brand-new home, then the waterproofing was definitely not done correctly. It is also possible that the water is coming in somewhere else, then running down the joists to the chimney, and finally running down the chimney. To find out where the problem is, have an independent roofer conduct a water test to see where the source of the leak is. Good luck.
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