Ever Have Rain Inside Your Home?

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I woke up this morning with the sound of water dripping.  Knowing that we have been expecting rain after the heaviest snowfall I have experienced living in my town in 31 years, it was a welcome sound as that much snow has greatly impacted our lives; children have been out of school for 9 days, roofs have collapsed due to the heavy weight of snow, the need to shovel snow off a roof has created a new business in town, driving has been hazardous, and showing property to prospective buyers (if they don't cancel) a huge challenge. We have been preparing for flooding as warmer temperatures melt the snow with sand bags available for pickup at various locations around town. And some schools were expected to open again today after engineers verified roof safety in lieu of an elementary school's gym roof collapse last week.

Much to my surprise, the water dripping I heard was not rain on the roof, but water dripping into my dining room window. And it wasn't just dripping, but rather pouring. An ice dam had developed outside this window and the water from the melting snow had no where to go due to the ice and frozen raingutter; the low point for the water to flow was into the house. My husband got a hammer and ladder, went outside and broke up the ice dam as quickly as possible. The water eventually stopped running into our home.

We had an office meeting today; one of the agents texted me this morning that she was missing due to having 5 separate roof leaks in her home with water pouring into her bedroom, powder room, bathroom, greatroom and kitchen.  We are expecting the rain to continue for several days, and then the cold weather and snow is supposed to return. If we make it through this winter, I am sure it will be one for the books!


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Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

Last year we had 21 inches in 24 hours at our Jupiter condo. Lucky for us the ceiling didn't cave in like others but we did get water.

Jan 18, 2017 02:35 PM #4
Li Read
Sea to Sky Premier Properties (Salt Spring) - Salt Spring Island, BC
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This is a La Nina weather pattern for the books!   My area actually had "real winter", something we are not used to at all.  
We are known as the "wet coast", but it means rain.

Jan 18, 2017 02:38 PM #5
Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude - Carlsbad

Hi Lynnea

Sorry to hear about this problem. We used to have ice dams freuqenlty back in New England and they caused all kinds of problems, as you unfortunately have discovered. Hope you have no more issues but that dripping water can be sneaky.


Jan 18, 2017 02:48 PM #6
Carol Williams
U.S.: I specialize in helping agents who have been in the business 2 years or less create a thriving business. - Wenatchee, WA
"Customized Mentoring & Marketing Services"

I have friends in your area and they say it's been horrid.  Sorry to hear about the ice daming!

Jan 18, 2017 02:56 PM #7
Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.AtHomesCharlotte.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

Sorry to hear about that leak! And I hope your drive home is easy!

Jan 18, 2017 04:37 PM #8
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®,CRS,
RE/MAX Professionals. - Tacoma, WA
Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority!

I have also seen this inside rain phenomena Lynnea Miller. Not recently thank goodness! 

Jan 18, 2017 10:45 PM #9
Sally Lawrence
Advantage Real Estate - Tehachapi, CA
Broker, CHS, e-Pro, SFR, REALTOR®

I feel your pain Lynnea!  We are certainly having (more than) our fair share of wet weather this year.  It was about this time two years ago that I walked into the great room early one morning and noticed that my tile floor was shiney.  Then I realized that it was a pretty good sized puddle.  Then I heard the water dripping from the ceiling.

I called my favorite roofer and said, "It's raining inside and I'm pretty sure that's not supposed to happen!"  He asked for my address, showed up within a half hour and tarped the roof to keep it from coming in.  Finished the repairs a few days later after the rain finally stopped.

Not fun!

Jan 18, 2017 10:56 PM #10
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD
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Ice dams can cause a lot of damage. I am sorry to see that you had a problem at your home. Preventing ice dams would be a timely blog topic.

Jan 19, 2017 05:14 AM #11
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Good morning Lynnea. I'm glad your husband was able to fix your leaking issue.  Hopefully the weather will improve.

Jan 19, 2017 05:19 AM #12
Hella Mitschke Rothwell
(831) 626-4000 - Honolulu, HI
Hawaii & California Real Estate Broker

Lynnea Miller - My property way up north in California is getting loads of rain and wind, but no snow or ice, thank heavens. Never heard of "ice dams" like that. Stay safe on those roads.

Jan 19, 2017 05:46 AM #13
Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • Green • GRI • HAFA • PSC Los Angeles CA

It is raining hard in here. i do not have any leaks in my house, but some of my friends and clients got to deal with heavy rain consequences. 

Jan 22, 2017 11:51 PM #14
Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

That happened to both my sisters homes last year at the same time. It was that ice damming and it caused expensive damage.

Jan 28, 2017 10:22 PM #15
Kasey & John Boles
Jon Gosche Real Estate, LLC - BoiseMeridianRealEstate.com - Boise, ID
Boise & Meridian, ID Ada/Canyon/Gem/Boise Counties

No!  That's not a happy thing to wake up to!  Here's another one for the Great Northwest Winter 2016-17 books....last weekend in my town an apartment had a carport collapse which was also used as a deck and access to people's apartments.  7 cars were totalled and 34 tenants were displaced.  Thankfully nobody was in there car or under the carport so nobody was hurt.   It is definitely going to be a winter for the books. 

Jan 29, 2017 01:59 PM #16
Lottie Kendall
Today | Sotheby's International Realty - San Carlos, CA
Serving San Mateo County and San Francisco

Wow, Lynnea - sorry to hear about your problem with the ice dam. That's new to me since our temperate climate doesn't make that an issue.

Feb 01, 2017 09:14 AM #17
Debbie Laity
Cedaredge Land Company - Cedaredge, CO
Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO

WOW...you guys are really buried in winter and all of the troubles it can bring. I hope you don't get much more snow. We are thawing out. It's close to 50 degrees outside right now. I went outside to talk on the phone, because it's so nice. 

Stay safe. 

Feb 01, 2017 02:21 PM #18
Sybil Campbell
Long and Foster REALTORS® 5234 Monticello Ave Williamsburg, Virginia - Williamsburg, VA
REALTOR® ABR, SFR, SRES Williamsburg, Virginia

WOW, that's pretty scarey Lynnea, I'm glad your husband got it resolved!

Feb 03, 2017 07:17 PM #19
Doug Dawes
Keller Williams Realty - Topsfield, MA - Georgetown, MA
Your Personal Realtor®

Hi Lynnea Miller 

WOW! That sounds like the winter of 2015 her in New England. 900 roofs collapsed, thousands of homes had ice dams and water damage resulting from them. We received all that snow (exceeding 100" in our town) in 1-month. Glad you are ok

Feb 11, 2017 06:10 AM #20
Beth Bromund
Coldwell Banker Weir Manuel - Rochester, MI
REALTOR (248) 651-3500

We had an ice dam that caused interior damage when our builder neglected to use one of the required materials.  There were a lot of unhappy new owners in the subdivision that winter!  Thankfully, the builder did come fix it and we never had another problem. 

Feb 17, 2017 12:55 PM #21
Karen Rice
Keller Williams Alliance - Charlottesville, VA
Keller Williams Alliance Charlottesville VA

That's not a good start to anybody's day.  It's a good thing you were at home when this happened.  We had a similar issue many years ago.  Like Beth Bromund, we were fortunate that our builder came back to fix it.  Wishing you an early Spring!

Feb 17, 2017 02:34 PM #22
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of Manchester NH's Leading Agents

All of our winter seemingly came in about 10 days with 3 blizzards and 3 plus feet of snow. It was 60 yesterday though and happy to see it melt Lynnea Miller  

Feb 20, 2017 08:09 AM #23
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