Hard To Find Roof leak

Insects Cause Roof Leak

Hey this is Rocky your local hometown handyman and until recently I thought I have seen it all. That is regarding roof leaks. I have even recently done a page on the web-site listing common reasons for a roof to leak but I have left one out.

No Evidence Of Leaking Roof

This lady who live in Athens, Tn gave us a call to come out and see if we could repair her roof. She just had a new roof put on 3 years ago but her roof had started leaking. The roofer had came out to her home and got up on the roof and was dumbfounded. He could not find any evidence of a leaking roof. In fact the roof looked fine. The problem was there were fresh water stains on her ceiling. In different rooms of the house. So, I climbed up on the roof to give it a look. I saw where the roofer put down some fresh roofing cement around the boot flashing. This was done in a lame attempt to solve the roof leak but it did not work. I was also getting discouraged. So, I climbed down the roof and went to the truck to get a smoke. I was just taking a break when I happen to notice these bumble bees flying around her overhangs. As I was watching them they were disappearing into her overhang.

Wood Boring Bumble Bees

So I finished my break and put my ladder to where I had saw those bumble bees. What I discovered was unbelievable. There were hundreds of small holes in the overhang. It was like someone was shooting at her house with buck shot. So I climb down and go inside the attic where I saw all those holes. The lady also had blown insulation installed so this was not fun. I had to lay flat on my belly to crawl to the area. That is where I saw all of the damage caused by these bumble bees. They had made a colony in her framing members in her attic and were causing the roof nails to come loose. I could see the water stains on the framing members and on the underside of the roof deck. There would have been no way I could of every spotted this problem if I had not seen those bumble bees flying around. I repaired her damage and she got her nephew who is in the exterminator to kill the bees. Then she hired a vinyl siding company to wrap her overhangs with metal. Problem solved. As you can guess she was happy, she paid me so I was happy and the roofing contractor was happy because it was making him look bad. The truth is he had done nothing wrong. Guess what. He said he would like to start referring customers who have roof leaks. he has been unable to find a qualified person to do this for him and he does care about his customers. This roofer just doesn’t want to take the time to find leaks. And he has been in the roofing business for 30 years. Sometimes it takes a good handyman to get the job done.

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