Gottagetthrough (original poster member #27325) posted at 9:27 PM on Thursday, March 2nd, 2023
Question- if your roof leaks and you notice damage on the inside of your house (stains on the ceiling) should the roofer go inside the home and check to make sure there is no mold in the attic?
Asking because i think roofer needs to go inside the home and check it out. Tennant thinks roof can be fixed from outide and doesnt want roofer inside in "their space"
Tanner ( Guide #72235) posted at 10:29 PM on Thursday, March 2nd, 2023
I’m in the home inspection business, a roofer is going to look at shingles and flashing and find the problem outside. They are not going to be inspecting for mold or water damage. Most companies will never mention or acknowledge the M-word due to liability.
Dday Sept 7 2019 doing well in R BH M 32 years
grubs ( member #77165) posted at 10:31 PM on Thursday, March 2nd, 2023
Generally Roofers roof and leave the interior to someone else. They may come in to verify the location and success of fixing it but any damage inside is handled by someone else.
Superesse ( member #60731) posted at 12:03 AM on Friday, March 3rd, 2023
Former building inspector and project manager for large government contracts, and I agree with Tanner and Grubs: roofers do Roofs. Maybe they do rotten substrate under the roof if it's shingle or flat deck.
Of course, once water gets through the roof, the entire house becomes vulnerable to damage, and from a "scope of work" aspect you wouldn't ask a roofer to address all the potential damage...unless it was the original installer. But I'm assuming you meant "the roofer you might contact to repair the leak" versus the original builder/subcontractor, right?
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Gottagetthrough (original poster member #27325) posted at 2:41 AM on Friday, March 3rd, 2023
Roofer is also a contractor so he does inside stuff too
His company will do the roof and he
said they can fix stuff inside.
Superesse ( member #60731) posted at 3:07 AM on Friday, March 3rd, 2023
Just re-read your post and now I realize you are saying it's a 'tenant resisting entry' thing. Hopefully you have a clause in your contract that permits you access for such things as repair inspections.
But as to mold liklihood up in an attic: (I'm really going to go out on a limb here, as it depends on where in the world you are, and how humid conditions are, but) attics have large temperature swings where they can go from frigid to uncomfortably hot in a given day, depending on sunshine and ambient air...so not the most likely habitat for mold, IF you have adequate roof ventilation, as building codes require. Water can sure make a mess, but often, at least I have found in my renovations, once it dries out thoroughly and the source of the leak is found and fixed, concern about damp insulation and framing lessens. (Again, it depends on how the house was built; typical modern construction is what I'm thinking of.)
What is worse is following the water pathway to the lowest point, and making sure it isn't trapped under flooring! 😮
Gottagetthrough (original poster member #27325) posted at 3:56 AM on Friday, March 3rd, 2023
Yes, S… will be no problem to get tennant to let the people in eventually. Im just curious!
(Not my house, BTW! I have talked to owner of this house about the issue and said, "Hmmm… wonder what that house looks like if tenant is so against someone coming inside! )
Just me being nosy about someone else’s problem.