Roof Leaking, How Not To Repair

As part of my picture of the week blog this was found during a home inspection in Maple Poor method to fix a roof leakGrove Minnesota. Here we have some kind of wash tub secured to the bottom of the roof just under the ridge in an attic. There was another one just like this at the other end of the attic and a plastic tub sitting on the insulation. These are attempts to deal with a leaking roof. When I come across unique things like this I try to imagine what the person was thinking. Obviously he thought this was an easier way to deal with a leaky roof, just catch the drips and “hope” the water evaporates from the tubs. I doubt his intentions were to go into the attic and empty the tubs after each Tub in atticrain, if he did that is just plain insanity.  The plastic tub, I can see the logic, you put this in the attic as a temporary means of catching water until you can get the roof fixed NEXT WEEK.  This will save your interior ceiling. As a permanent fix, no. Adding these metal tubs would have been about the same amount of work to just repair the leaks in the roof and not only did he NOT fix the roof he just created  he created some potential future problems.

  • He is now adding moisture to the attic space, in this attic it was not causing a problem but this is something you never want to do and is wise to take every measure possible to avoid.
  • He just created two potential water bombs. Just imagine a twenty five gallon tub of water crashing down the top side of your interior ceiling causing physical and water damage. The way these were secured to the roof there is no way they would support that kind of weight.
  • Lets assume they didn’t fall and filled up with water, the roof structure was not designed for this extra weight and may cause it to sag.
  • Guess what, the roof still leaks, we solved nothing here and still have to deal with that.

To conclude, think things through folks. When dealing with something new, the first idea is usually the wrong idea. Find the source of the leak, determine why it was leaking at that area and make the proper repair. If you don’t feel qualified then hire your local roofing contractor.

Pete Busch
Minnesota Home Inspector
763 442 4039

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