…are not always good ones.
We’ve been in this house now for just over a month. For the most part it’s been a dream, but we are continuing to have problems with our roof. The problem lies in the fact that the architect was definitely a “form over function” designer and seemed to forget the fact that flat roofs are not necessarily practical. We have a sloped roof that has two sections of flat area where water tends to pool up when it rains. We had some leaking in the guest bedroom closet during some really heavy rains when we first moved in, but we tarped up the roof and it was okay. Since then we haven’t had any issues, and yesterday a local roofer came in and took off the flat shingles and put on a single-shingle (say that 10 times fast) roof so that it would not leak.
Well, I came home late last night and wanted to stay up to watch Womens’ Gymnastics to see the results myself before they were ruined by Facebook. Thank goodness I did! It was raining, not hard, but it was a good slow steady rain. As I’m sitting on the couch, I hear a distinct drip drip drip from somewhere behind me. I look back and see water on the floor–look up and see water coming out of one of the light fixtures in the ceiling. Oh crap. I run upstairs and find that there is water just pouring out of the smoke alarm in the guest bedroom.
“Cameron, wake up! We have a problem!”
As Cameron fumbles out of bed I run up to the third floor to see if anything is dripping up there. It’s not, so that means the leak must be coming from the second floor roof, which is right next to the third floor balcony. (We have a confusing house.) While Cameron runs for the tarp, I run back downstairs, grab some mixing bowls, and set them under the leaks so that the carpet doesn’t get destroyed. Even after we tarped up the second floor roof, there was still water coming out of the alarm for a good 20 minutes, which I’m sure means that there must be water pooling in a cavity below the shingles somewhere.
Long story short, the dripping eventually stopped and we were able to clean up the mess. We have the roofer returning tomorrow to take a look at where the problem is, but I have a feeling we’ll need a contractor to come out and make sure there isn’t damage in the drywall in the ceiling. I worry that the structural integrity may have been damaged because a lot of water came down. Obviously something went wrong with the new roof, because we have never had this problem before. Hopefully the roofer will be able to figure it out before anymore damage can happen.
In other news, last night was my last night shift at the restaurant, meaning that from here on out I’ll have my evenings at home with Cameron. Not a moment too soon. I kicked things off tonight by making dinner of bacon-and-cheddar stuffed burgers and feta bleu cheese mashed potatoes. Tomorrow night our good friends Kyle and Chris are coming to visit for the first time, so I’m doing a lemon and herb roasted chicken, homemade garlic french fries, citrus glazed carrots, and a lemon and cranberry cake. I do so love cooking especially when I get to do it for friends. I will update on how it comes out!