** I’ve added some UPDATES at the bottom of this post **
I’ve been blissfully enjoying my new home for oh, about a month or so now.
Thanks to hurricane Hermine Austin has had severe flash flooding.
Fortunately our house is NOT under water, but due to the constant torrential downpour all day yesterday and throughout the night, I’ve not got some problems going on in the house.
I guess you could say the honeymoon phase is now over.
My laundry room flooded. Like, a LOT.
Lots and lots of water all over the entire room.
Thankfully it was only the laundry room with tile on the floor and not somewhere with carpet.
The vent apparently has a leak on the roof because water came in through it and into my laundry room. It also went inside the vent hose and into my dryer, but I think the dryer is okay.
This is the vent that the water came in from on the roof.
I NEED SOME HELP.
Shockingly, there are things that I personally can not take care of around the house. 😉
WHO do I call to fix this?
A Plumber? A Roofer? A who-knows-who?
Obviously I need this fixed as soon as possible. Rain is forecasted throughout the rest of the week.
I put this bookshelf together Saturday. I hadn’t even posted about it yet. And the flooding in the laundry room has now ruined it.
The dryer hose is wet on the inside, so I had to hang it up to dry.
AND IN OTHER EQUALLY IF NOT WORSE BAD NEWS…
Our closet ceiling is wet. REALLY wet.
There was water damage there before we bought the home, so we knew there was an issue at some point. But we were under the impression that this issue was fixed and that the previous owner never fixed the sheetrock.
WRONG with a big fat W!
That bag under the ceiling is dripping wet. Fortunately it caught most of the water and saved my husbands wardrobe.
But obviously if the sheetrock looks like that then there’s probably a LOT more damage inside the walls.
I NEED SOME HELP!
Who do I call for this issue?
Can the person who fixes the vent leak on the roof fix this issue as well?
I’m feeling kinda desperate right now.
Hubby is out of town for business so I’m left to deal with this on my own. And as the rain continues to come down, the problems are only going to get worse.
If you have any ideas of how I should handle this flooding situation, PLEASE pretty-please leave me a comment and tell me what to do!
Thanks in advance. Y’all are great.
**Edited to answer some questions**
First off, THANK YOU for the huge outpouring of advice. I so appreciate every bit of it!
I called our Home Warranty – they do not cover roofs.
I called our Insurance (Allstate) – our deductible is over $3k (yikes!) so we aren’t going that route either.
I left a voicemail for a roofing company. Still waiting to hear back.
* If you are in the Austin area and know of a great roofer that is available PLEASE give me their name and number! *
As for the dryer vent – it is vented to the roof. I’m assuming the cover must have come off. The water is coming from inside the vent, not around the vent, so I think it’s just filling up with the rain water. I’m thinking there isn’t a leak, but just needs a new cover. Hopefully.
I could go fix it myself, but I refuse to climb onto a 2nd story roof. I’d rather NOT fall and die. Thanks, but I’ll call a roofer for that.
I’m about to go cut out all the sheetrock in the closet to assess the situation. I’ve done sheetrock in the past HERE and HERE so I’m pretty comfortable working with it. Ivy suggested (in my comments) to remove the sheetrock so I can better assess the situation. Great advice! That’s exactly what I’ll do. Thanks Ivy!
2nd round of updates
* The house was a foreclosure, so we bought it as-is.
* When the inspection was done it hadn’t rained in months. The leak(s) were overlooked I suppose because how would they have known anyway?
Additional updates can be found HERE: