Wednesday, 15 January 2014

Drip, Drip, Drip

The new year has brought us a lovely little present. We came home after a weekend with family to that dreaded noise; drip, drip, drip. Yes, the bay window has sprung a leak. After hanging out of the bedroom window with a torch to examine the flat roof we realised there was very little to be done in the dark and wet. Joe pricked the wet points in the ceiling to relieve any water pressure, popped a bucket under it and we went to bed.

The next morning only a mugs worth of water had been collected - it certainly could have been a lot worse. The best news (as leaks go) was yet to come though - it seems it only drips when the wind is coming from a certain direction. It continued to rain heavily over the next few days but no more water came through.

Saturday dawned dry and sunny so we got the ladder out to have a closer look. The roof felt all seemed to be securely in place, which didn't surprise us. If the problem had been water puddling then it would have been a much more consistent leak. The only thing we could see was a slight unevenness in the leading and its sealant. Joe tapped it back against the wall and we decided to leave it at that.


All that remains is to see whether the problem returns next time the right conditions hit us.


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    1. So do I! We'll just have to wait now until the conditions are right to see if we've sorted it.

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  2. I have my fingers crossed that you've sorted it. There's nothing more annoying than a leak with no real known source.xxx

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    1. Indeed. There will always be that question now as to whether we've fixed it, or just not had the conditions to trigger it off - either way, here's hoping no more water comes through!

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  3. Oh no....we have that problem from time to time with our skylights. It means climbing up with some repair tar and hoping for the best. Good luck!

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    1. Oh dear, it's hard to fix these things when you don't know quite where the problem is. Apply lots of tar and hope for the best seems to be the only way forward!

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  4. Aargh, much sympathy :{

    We have the same problem when the weather is REALLY bad and, like you, the wind is blowing just the right 2ay to force water through a gap. Water gets into one of the garages through the flat roof which makes up our little balcony. As Management uses the garage as a proper workshop he's not at all happy.

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    1. Oh dear - I completely sympathise with Management, water getting onto his tools just when he least expects it can't be good. We were lucky there, the only casualties were a few of our christmas cards that were on display on the windowsill.

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