Condo roof update - leaks continue indefinitely
We got torrential last night that started in the middle of the night. I woke up at 4:19 am and went out into the living room. Water was leaking from the upstairs floor boards, hitting the ceiling and dripping down. I had already had towels and a trash bag over the towels and it's a good thing. There was a puddle of water on the trash bag. My bamboo floors were saved since I did this. Since my ceiling is exposed I was able to put towels and a small plastic container up in the ceiling to collect water. What I found interesting was the the water was just coming from the floor boards above. It WAS NOT traveling down the wall to the left of the sliding glass door (see photo above). The last time it rained it did that (last weekend), but since we tarped the roof it DID NOT do it again.
This fact led me to believe that the main culprit was the tile patio above my patio. All along, all roof contractors pointed to the fact that this patio had tiles on it and they believed it was causing the leaking issues into my unit. Although we have roof issues, they said they believed the reason why the water was leaking into my unit right along the glass doors was because the patio area in front of my upstairs neighbor's glass doors was collecting water.
Just to explain about the patios, most until have a base patio that does not have tile on it. You can see the gray in the photos of my unit. It's very basic. So people have installed tile ON TOP OF the existing patio floor. This creates a lot of problems if not properly installed. There has to be a moisture barrier underneath the tile and everything needs to be sealed correctly. I don't think this was done to the unit above mine. Now I think I have proof.
Today the rain stopped for a few hours so I taped some black trash bags together with black duck tape. I went onto my neighbor's patio upstairs (with his permission) and taped them against his glass doors. Then I put some clear plastic that I had in my garage from when I painted. I put rocks to hold everything down. It is sloped so the water should just run off it. At least I can prevent most of any more water that may come in. I hope. I really had to use a lot of problem solving and creative thinking. I even went and found rocks on the property to use as weights.
|This is my makeshift way to prevent water from entering my unit|