The Roof is Leaking Over My Apartment

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The Roof is Leaking Over My Apartment

 

There are many ways for a water to get into an apartment unit. A roof leak is one of the most common sources of water intrusion, and it can appear in many different forms. Water from the roof will tend to puddle on the back side of the sheetrock on the ceiling; as the moisture begins to build up, that puddle will expand.

Roof Leak causes damage to sheetrock ceilingThe standing water will continue to grow until it reaches a new path, this is usually at the seams of the sheetrock. Inside the apartment you will not see the seams; it is smoothed over during the original construction and textured. After painting, there are no signs of any joints in the drywall.

On the back side of this ceiling, the water will fill the joints and travel in that seam as the water rises in the puddle. The joint compound and texture will soften when in contact with the moisture. As the water sits and the joint compound softens, eventually the tape will fail. When this happens the tape will begin to slip and fall.

Often times you will see the tape coming apart long before seeing any water dripping through the sheetrock and into the unit. If you see this sort of damage, it may be an early sign of a leak, and should be addressed by the owner or property management.

 

 

 


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Rainmaker
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Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

Any point that is the low point - a seam, light fixture, smoke detector, whatever - it will find that spot and accumulate! 

Dec 28, 2012 03:43 AM #1
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Richard Burge
Coldwell Banker Sloane Realty - Sunset Beach, NC
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I had a new townhome complex that i did the property management on and every unit had the washer and dryer hook up on the second floor.   Every unit had a problem with the washing machine drain leaking and causing the dry wall ceiling to joint to come apart.  Everyone of the units had to be repaired due to the traps not being glued properly.

Dec 28, 2012 04:04 AM #2
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James Dray
Wise Custom Realty - Bentonville, AR
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Yep that is a water leak for sure.  The problem sometimes is finding out where it starts.  In any respect I know you'll find the problem and fix it.

Dec 28, 2012 04:08 AM #3
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Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366
Dry Rot and Water Damage www.tromlerconstruction.com Mobile - 916-765-5366 - Placerville, CA
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You are right Jay, and the water will always keep coming back if not repaired correctly.

Dec 28, 2012 04:58 AM #4
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Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366
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It's a shame that something like this was not found doing construction Richard.

Dec 28, 2012 04:59 AM #5
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Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366
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We do our best to find the source as quickly as possible James.

Dec 28, 2012 05:01 AM #6
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