Jan 01, 2019 12:23 pm
Please check the attached images.
Where this moisture coming from and how to fix it?
This is happening in only one room (bedroom).
I am not sure if its related but would like to mention that during heavy rain (in NW Sydney in last few weeks) we noticed the gutter on this bedroom side overflow (not if its due to too much rain or so....but there is no rubbish/leaves etc in gutter which can cause blockage)
As temp time should I just wipe it with Sugar soap?
How to fix this? Which type of trade person to look for for such job (thinking about airtasker)?
Re: Where this moisture coming from and how to fix it?2
Jan 01, 2019 12:43 pm
What sort of roof (tile,tin) and what sort of eaves (boxed, open etc).
You obviously have water getting in, it just depends on if it's coming from the gutters or further up the roof and running down.
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Re: Where this moisture coming from and how to fix it?3
Jan 01, 2019 12:49 pm
Thanks for your prompt reply.
Its concrete tiled hip & valley roof
Re "You obviously have water getting in, it just depends on if it's coming from the gutters or further up the roof and running down."
>>> Which type of trade person to look for for such job? Is Airtasker ok or any other recommendations?
Re: Where this moisture coming from and how to fix it?4
Jan 01, 2019 6:57 pm
For water from the gutter to get into the house, the water has to overtop the fascia. It sounds like you have a high fronted gutter and the gutter's back wall is fitted too close to the top of the fascia.
You can do a simple check yourself, just go up a ladder, slide back some tiles that overhang the gutter and see how high the gutter's back wall is in relation to the top of the fascia.If the gutter's back wall is too high and the water has overtopped the fascia, you should see evidence of this and the gutter will need to be lowered and re-sloped.
If the gutter's back wall is not fitted close to the top of the fascia, then the gutter might have poor drainage because of an altered slope due to settlement or the roof area drained could simply be too large.
My company manufactures the Supa Gutter Pumper which was designed as a unique, very low cost gutter overflow prevention to supplement drainage during heavy rain and you should read the website and consider it as an easy quick fix solution.
The Gutters Overflow page has several links to newspaper articles about high fronted gutter compliance issues in NSW and there is also a report to State Parliament that you should also find interesting.
Btw, I would not recommend Airtasker.
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Re: Where this moisture coming from and how to fix it?5
Jan 02, 2019 7:41 am
From what you said and photo of the view through the window (and older style cornice) you have standard construction older home with eaves. Fascia and gutter are constructed further down the slope from the ceiling(because of the roof rake) so I would rule out gutter back flow into the ceiling and instead it is more likely you have a roof leak however nothing beats site inspection and advice from experienced building consultant. As with any building problem there are more than one fixing alternatives and good advice will save you money.
However gutter overflows are important and as you said that your gutters overflowed you should heed SaveH2O advice.
In the meantime you should have mould stains washed with vinegar in water and ensure ample room ventilation to dry out any residual dampness, check your ceiling insulation for dampness and remove wet insulation.
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