Well! I think I jinxed myself last post when I said everything was going smoothly. “No big surprises”, I think I may have said. The night of my last post, the Twin Cities were hit with the first of several major storms. High winds and torrential rains battered our house for hours, and unfortunately, water found its way in nearly every single window frame. We first heard dripping in our bedroom, and then ventured out and were horrified to find soaked carpet and puddles (Our new wood floors!) at each and every window. We used every absorbent thing we could find to dry up as much as possible. No towel, bathmat or old t-shirt was spared. It was a 3am-6am nightmare!
How could this have happened? You may remember that all 14 awnings on our house’s roofline were removed the week before the storms. The old rubber roofing was flapped over to cover the exposed areas, but it was simply not enough protection. Our home has fairly new windows, and with some investigating, it was determined they were not flashed properly. So, with large amounts of water running down the siding, it came in. We had never had problems with previous rains, because with the awnings, the water was diverted away from the house, and the windows were protected. We were hit with the trifecta of exposed walls, lots of water down the side of the house, and improperly flashed windows. Booo!
The morning after the first storm, our builder was apologetic about not foreseeing this “situation”, and made every effort to help it. A drying service came out to survey the damage, and set up at least a dozen fans and 3 huge dehumidifiers.
Window trim was removed as well as drywall in the worst areas. Wet carpet was pulled up. It’s wool and only a few months old, so the smell was noticeable, but not terrible. Think “wet (but clean) sheep.”
Outside, the roofer spent the day properly covering the awning-less spaces with a green neoprene to divert water away from the windows.
The sun did finally come out again, and construction of the new soffit took place.
Week #2 of our exterior renovation was more about damage control than forging ahead. Seeing the soffit framing has been a positive, and the roofer was able to get some permanent stuff over the mudroom.
I will breathe much easier when the whole house has its new roof. Roofers are scheduled for July 1 (today), but because it’s a short week, this baby won’t be fully water-tight until the following one. Until then, let’s hope for sunny skies (but, I will keep my old towel/t-shirt bin close at hand!).