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Debdav
Leak Detection

Water is seeping into the house we just bought. There is no sign of visible water on the ceiling or wall area. It comes in on the floor area under the base boards every time there is a hard rain. This is a wood frame house, built in 1990, had a new roof 2years ago, but we don't know who put in on. We caulked all visible cracks outside in the stucco, and the expansion joint. Sprayed the hose at the ground area where the water first appears and soaked the ground, but still no water came in during the test. We had an inspection before we bought it, that included a roof inspection, they did not report anything wrong. We don't know what to do to find where this water is coming from.

This is our first home, and its turned into a nightmare.

canuk
Re: Leak Detection

Are there any windows or doors on this wall that leaks ?

Debdav
Re: Leak Detection

Thank you for responding. No there are no window or doors. Now one of the people who came out to look at this, mentioned he thought there was a window in this wall at one time, that was covered. He said something about a perfect square in the stucco. I have no idea what he was seeing, I can't see what ever it is. I don't know why someone would have closed it. Doesn't make sense.

BTW we discovered the permit on the roof was not closed and did not have the final inspection. They sent out the code inspector to look it over, and it did not pass. But he said the things needed were minor. He was there when we had the leak but did not seem to think it was related. But then who knows, everyone has a different opinion. He thought it was coming from the ground level where stucco repairs are needed.

Blue RidgeParkway
Re: Leak Detection

is it real stucco or that eifs stuff? i've heard if water gets in at the top behind it, needs to weep/wash down and drain outside on a weeper path and if theres a problem getting drainage to the outside it can come in.

i've heard and read that using those thermal or mabe they are infared camera guys can help track down a leak by sensing temperature differences through the walls mabe thats worth a try.

Debdav
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We don't know if it's real stucco or the eif. Not sure how to tell them apart. We do have photos here www.badhomeinspections.info, if you're able to spot anything. It's also our horror story.

We are going to call a leak detection company and give them a try. Don't know what else to do at this point. It'll cost about $100 to have them inspect and use the moisture meter. I think it costs more if they use the infrared thing. No doubt they'll rope us into paying for that. But we have no choice. We're at the end of our rope with hurricanes brewing(we're in So. FLorida), and getting half a dozen different answers on what the problem is. However, I'm not very optimistic that they will give us any answers either.

canuk
Re: Leak Detection

Are the leaks along the wall where the metal porch roof meets the house?

Blue RidgeParkway
Re: Leak Detection

canuk you miss this photo and captions? says the leak/wall is this wall:

http://badhomeinspections.info/target20.html

Debdav
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The water appears on side wall that is not attached to the patio roof.

The patio roof leaks onto the patio, but the water does not seem to come in from that side. And where it does first appear, is way down the other wall far away from the patio.

We thought it might be the source, or part of the problem. But I would think we'd see some sign of water inside further down near the patio side.

Blue RidgeParkway
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i suggest you take outside photos of the entire wall sides and roof and the corners both sides where the leak is. do you have an attic area or vaulted ceilings have you checked there. sometimes entrances to this area are found in closet ceilings. look at neighboring homes identical to yours looks like a tract development for what the original window configuration was on the master bedroom wall. original window location nearest the leak corner wall. that aluminum capping might be hiding entrance point of water, do not look installed right anyway. mabe chaneling water in or hiding rot, insect holes or whatever. dont see drip strip edge this cap piece guess is there instead but dont look right. looks like two layers of roof shingles is that right?

canuk
Re: Leak Detection
Blue RidgeParkway wrote:

canuk you miss this photo and captions? says the leak/wall is this wall:

http://badhomeinspections.info/target20.html

Yes I did ... so I'll let you handle it from here on.

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