Gallons of Water Crashing Down

Home Inspector with About the House - Home Inspections

Imagine 30-40 gallons of water over your head at this very minute; enough to fill a normal size water heater. One more drop and it'll be too heavy. One more drop and it will burst through the ceiling onto your desk, computer or sensitive electronic equipment.

The picture below is that nightmare. This is the bottom side of the metal roof of a metal building. The roof has been leaking since it was new. Not a lot. Maybe a few cups of water every time it rained. The water became trapped on top of the vinyl coating of the roof insulation. And the water stayed there. And more water came. And it stayed there.

Fortunately we found the problem before it became a catastrophe for the business owner. What's in your attic?

Tom Sinclair

About the House - Home Inspections

Fairhope, Alabama

(251) 990-3169

Comments (7)

Gary Bolen
McCall Realty - South Lake Tahoe, CA
CRS - Lake Tahoe Real Estate Information
what a cool photo... glad you caught it before it popped. would a been a mess. glad we don't have an attic.
Sep 26, 2007 02:27 PM
Tom Marshman
Secure Financial Center - Everett, WA
Yikes!  Cool picture, too!
Sep 26, 2007 02:30 PM
Lane Bailey
Century 21 Results Realty - Suwanee, GA
Realtor & Car Guy
Such cool things can happen in the real world.  That one would have been "fun" to see go, in a wet and wild sort of way. 
Sep 26, 2007 03:14 PM
Tania King
CIR REALTY - Calgary, AB
Wow, That is a must see! Good thing you caught it though.  How much was the damage to the ceiling?
Sep 26, 2007 03:40 PM
Tom Sinclair
About the House - Home Inspections - Fairhope, AL

Fortunately the building owner called me for an inspection and we caught this before it became a crisis. But it make a great picture!


Sep 27, 2007 03:55 PM
George Lambert
Tower Construction - Manhattan, KS
Nice pic.  Improperly instlalled metal roof.  Probably a bad screw seal.
Feb 15, 2008 07:25 PM
Vicki Bishop GRI - Alabama Real Estate
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® - Bay Minette, AL
Wow what a pic. I can only imagine the damage it would have caused.
Feb 26, 2008 01:14 PM