Tuesday, September 27, 2011
I asked him the critical question: By any legitimate way of reasoning, might the damage I had be coverable by my homeowner's insurance? No, this wasn't a catastrophe, it was a maintenance issue.
Next, I showed him both a computer photo and the actual location of some water seepage I'd had in my study ceiling last May. He'd been using his moisture meter and found that it'd dried to an acceptable level (I forget what it was), though some areas of the ceiling showed 0% saturation.
After taking a few more readings and not finding anything else serious, we proceeded outside. Because he was driving a different vehicle than the once he started out with on Saturday, he hadn't been able to bring his long ladder. So he made me no close-up observation of the condition of the soffit in the back corner where I can see daylight from the inside and the birds get in and the cats want to get at them. At first, he wasn't even inclined to believe me when I told him there was at least one hole in there big enough to allow this. But standing in my back year, he couldn't help but notice the sparrows up there in their nest in the end of the gutter, and watch as they ducked in and out of the aluminum fasçia cladding.
His opinion is that all the work, excluding insulation tearout and replacement, should run me only around $250 to $300. I hope he's right.
He'll send me the report in a day or so. Meanwhile, I need to get the names of some roofing contractors and start getting bids.