I know a blog post without pictures is kind of useless (and maybe not worth reading) but, well....
OUR ROOF LEAKED AGAIN.
That's right - cue the sad wah-wah-wahhhhh music. There may or may not have been tears.
The worst part is that it is leaking into our new bathroom.
After the first time it leaked, and J went up on the roof to do a 'quick fix',
we I said that if it happened again, we were calling someone. First up, I need my husband alive and intact and capable - we don't have the right equipment for him to be up on our roof and I really don't want to deal with the worst case scenario.
Second - he is NOT a roofer. He is handy as heck, but a roofer he is not. We need an expert!
So on Friday, after about 3 days of rain, we went into the bathroom in the morning and saw. It. The dreaded bubble mark on the ceiling. It is so heartbreaking to see that - knowing that you've got potentially a big (and expensive) problem that your handy husband can't fix.
Even more dangerous is that the route the water was taking was leading it right over to our chandelier. How do I know that? There were rusty water marks on three of the glass drops.
Obviously, we stopped turning on the chandelier. And got on the phone to find a roofer.
THIS JUST IN: Did you know, that after a stint of bad weather, it is VERY HARD to find a roofer who will come do a 'fix' and not a whole roof?
Yeah. I called a number of places. 4-6 weeks to get a quote from some. Some (Mike Holmes approved) contractors didn't even call me back. Some said that if it rained this weekend, they could give me a quote, but if it didn't, they wouldn't show.
Anyways, I turned to my trusty Home Stars (a rating site for Canadian contractors) and found a highly rated company called Academia Roofing. I phoned. The owner picked up (OMG!). We talked for quite some time about his company and his work and after everything, he said he could help. He would have his guy (who is some kind of roofing genius, according to the owner) come to our place before Monday, because it was supposed to rain today (Monday) and he didn't want more damage caused. To our beautiful bathroom. Sigh.
Only downside was that it wasn't going to be cheap. Academia, like most roofing companies that I read up about online, have a minimum job price. Good news was that the owner said that if the job wasn't as complicated, he'd cut us a deal.
On Sunday, Joe, the roofing fairy, came to our house and got to work. Honestly - he showed up, knocked on the door, and said to J "I'm just going to get busy - okay?" - threw the ladder up against the porch and went on up.
J went up a few times to check the process and was pleased. Joe found the problem, cut off the old cast iron venting stack and replaced it, put on a proper protective collar/flashing (I don't know the right lingo - a roofing fairy I am not!) and then reshingled around it. All in all it took about 3.5 hours.
Best part is they guarantee the work. If it leakes again, they will come out and fix it. Or whatever it is that is causing it. But I'm confident this will work. Joe was great and Academia totally came through.
If you are looking for a roofing company for either a fix or a whole roof, I would totally recommend Academia. Gord and Joe were both fantastic and got the job done. They even cared about the colour of our shingles (to make sure the replacements matched). Roofers with design-sense. I love it!
Now - I'm hoping that the ceiling will dry and it will be (at worst) a sand and a paint touch up. The crown moulding needs a little touch up (the water seemed to eat through the caulking that filled the seams) but otherwise I think we are in decent shape.
In retrospect, I think this has been leaking slowly for a very, very long time.
See the mark on the ceiling in the laundry room pic? We always thought that was old, but I'm guessing it was just a slow slow leak that was exacerbated by the reno (when the plumber tied into the venting stack, I think the pipe was pushed up just a bit which caused the collar/flashing on the roof to pull away from shingles and let even more water come in).
Anyhoo - cross your fingers that this worked!! I am tired of worrying every time it rains about our bathroom :-) Painting I can do - but patching wrecked drywall? Umm...we'll have to call Josh for that!
In other news, we did a bunch of cleaning around the house and even put up some drapes in the living room. I will take pics tonight and show you!