Manya Maples
Manya Maples
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  • Cherokee, KS
Asked on Aug 1, 2013

Rain is getting in the house. Leaking terrible at back of the house.

Gail GriffithManya MaplesSherrie
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I have a 1921 house and it is leaking a lot. I think the rain is getting in the built in ventilation at the peak of the house.It is like it is raining in the back of the house. I need help, please. I am desperate.
Ventilation built into roof.
Ventilation built into roof.
17 answers
  • Txvoodoo
    on Aug 1, 2013

    How old is the roof? Have you had the flashing checked?

  • Manya Maples
    on Aug 1, 2013

    I had someone up there this evening. They may have got us fixed for the moment. Suppose to have a heavy rain the weekend, we will see. The roof is as old as the house, still has original wood shingles when they built the house. Thank you for the response. Thank you very much.

  • Txvoodoo
    on Aug 2, 2013

    Yup, what @Anne @ DesignDreams by Anne said - this is one thing I won't DIY. We had a leak in our new house, and the water was coming in 5 feet away from where the actual shingle damage was. Worse yet, it was coming through in a light switch! Turns out, a bad storm had loosened some flashing, and we couldn't tell at ALL by looking.

  • Sherrie
    on Aug 2, 2013

    I hate that for you! Last summer we ripped off my Dad's roof. We had 2 layers of shake shingles, and regular shingles in some places we found 2 and 3 layers of the regular shingles. It also had no decking. It was a house built in the late 1800's. Not only did we rip it off and the pitch was extremely high we had to ad more support (more rafters) before we out any decking on because back in the 1800's the roof wasn't made for decking. It was very easy to put on the roofing material. The decking and tearing off was hard and hot. We had several companies bid it for us. The bid was over $10,000. Just for the roof, not the garage or the flat roof in the back of the house. We replaced the tin roof over the garage with a metal roof for $300.00. We tore off the metal roof with a rock bar. The main roof materials were $3500.00 this includes the decking, roof material, and lumber for the new support. Even if you do the tear off yourself you can save a lot of money if you then use someone to install the rest of it. I also tore down two old chimney's. they were dangerous while the roof was off. Good luck!

  • Manya Maples
    on Aug 2, 2013

    Thank you for all the reply's,I really appreciate the advice. We are just trying to see if this will take care of the problem. the roof has like 4 or 5 layers of shingles and wood shingles from when the house was built. Really thank you all.

  • Judy
    on Aug 3, 2013

    That is a lot of layers of shingles which isn't good..It appears that your shingles are showing some wear...and if you happen to have any wind damage anywhere such as missing shingles your insurance may cover getting them repaired, however the laws changed after a certain date, some insurance companies will cover the whole roof and some only the damaged areas, we were fortunate enough that our insurance company covered the roofs on our house and two out buildings because of wind damage tearing the shingles off the roofs. Total bill for all 3 was over 13,000 our insurance covered over 10,000 thank God as we are living on SS.

  • Karon Nelson Roberts
    on Aug 3, 2013

    If the roof is almost as old as the house, I think that replacing the whole roof is the best thing. You could use shingles, but I would go with a tin roof.

  • Manya Maples
    on Aug 3, 2013

    Thank you very much for the Advice. It is very much appreciated. Thank you.

  • Sherrie
    on Aug 3, 2013

    Manya I know sometimes money is tight. I had rain pouring in my house after I had just remodeled it and didn't have the money to replace it right then. I patched everything. I used a hose and someone else was in the attic marking the spots that leaked. When we re-did my Dad's roof we did half at a time. The tear off was the worse part. We couldn't have the material set on the roof because it didn't have enough support. This is if you DIY.

  • Patricia Giuria
    on Aug 3, 2013

    Hi Manya, if you are short of money see the place and try to discover from where the water gets inside, I had the same problem and here is winter so no one can fix it till October, so we went up the roof and put poliurathane foeam, and is great inside. I am sorry for Helicopters owners that see my roof from the air, but last week I was sleeping in my rain was dropping into my sommier (mattress)

  • Sia@South 47th
    on Aug 3, 2013

    Sorry to say that the Roof, unless you are a roofer is just not something to DIY. Time for the Pro's. Wishing you the best!! xo

  • Manya Maples
    on Aug 3, 2013

    Thank you, Yea I had it in my room. It rained again, Hard! and I only had one little leak. And it took along time to start, the storm was almost over before it started. I am so happy. just tickled pink. It won't take much to fix it now till we can get a new roof put on. Thank you everyone for your sympathy and advice. You are all wonderful to take the time from your day to help me. Thank you again and God Bless You all.

  • Jessie
    on Aug 3, 2013

    new roof for my 1908 home cost $6000.00 6 layers of roofing material and all the sheeting was removed along with the pigeons in the attic.

  • Manya Maples
    on Aug 8, 2013

    Well this is still not resolved. I am not sure where to go from here. Waiting on some help as I am on SSI. So money is very tight. Having great friends helps, but waiting on them to be able to get up there is hard. And it has rained every day and no end in sight for a week. The leak is not as bad as it was, a lot was stopped, now I think what is left in 1 small spot by the ventilation at the top. Hopefully soon. Thank you all.

  • Sherrie
    on Aug 8, 2013

    Manually there are some places that can help. Habitat for humanity is one, churches that help the elderly and disabled. And another one I will look it up and post it. I don't know exactly how far away you are from us but if it wasn't to far we wouldn't hesitate to help. I will see what other services can help and post it later.

  • Manya Maples
    on Aug 8, 2013

    I live in Cherokee Kansas, it is by Pittsburg Kansas. It is at Junction 400 hwy and 7 hwy. Most people in town know me and where I live. Thank you for your concern. It is very much appreciated.

  • Gail Griffith
    on Mar 17, 2015

    Looks like you two are fairly close 178 mi

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