Roofing Question

Recurring leak that has got worse

We live in a recent new build converted Victorian house into flats. We live on first floor and back of our flat has been extended out beyond the flat above us. Directly above where our flat is extended is a dormer. We noticed damp on our ceiling a few months ago and a roofer came out to fix the leak. He filled in a hole on one side of building and knocked down the flashing a bit. It appeared to fix it but six months later the leak and damp reappeared. We couldn't get hold of first roofer so had another roofer out who said the last guy hadn't done the job properly. He fitted some new lead at the bottom of the dormer and sealed down the side of it with sealant. Now the leak is loads worse than before and during heavy rain water pours constantly into our flat and the damp patch has more than tripled and damp patch is now appearing down the side of one wall too. The second roofer says he doesn't know what else he can do. Now we are despairing...any advice gratefully received.

2 Answers

without looking at the job it is impossible to say exactly what it is that is causing your problem, sounds like your first roofer had some idea of what he was doing but your second roofer is clueless and not looking in the right place to resolve the issue.
your best bet is post the job on the site and get a local builder / roofer out to see if they can resolve the issue, preferably one who has experience of older property's and their unique issues

Answered 13th Apr 2013

ADR Property Maintenance

Member since 1 Mar 2009

I see this happening a lot. Lead flashing is open at the base to let water out if it gets in so if you seal it with silicone at this point the water that has got in cant get out so it goes into the building. The repair needs to be at the point of penetration.

Answered 13th Apr 2013

kevin cassidy building contractors

Member since 16 Dec 2010

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