Friday, September 16, 2011
Oh, No. Oh, No!
Wet. Wet where it shouldn't be wet.
I felt the paper of the batt insulation, which some previous owner installed between the roof rafters of that space and I never got rid of. Damp. I poked in the worklight. And where the paper is torn and the pink batting is visible, I see mold-- yes, nasty black mold-- in the fibers.
Oh, no, is my roof leaking? I don't have the money to deal with this!
I went outside, to see if I could get a view of my roof. From the next door neighbors' yard, the shingles look pretty good. No terrible curling or cupping that I can see. The neighbor next to them was in his back yard, so I joined him to see if he had any ideas and maybe to get a better look from there.
So. Don't know if I've followed the best procedure, but (after verifying that my home warranty company doesn't cover roof repairs at any time) I found a local roof inspector via the ServiceMagic site. Lots of reviews that were high over all. Soonest appointment that suits us both is a week from tomorrow at 8:30 AM, and I hope it doesn't rain so he can get a ladder up to the eaves and see what's happening at those gutters.
Got the dehumidifier in there running. And I don't think it'd be a bad idea to come in with the mildewcide and give those icky-looking batts a few squirts. My nose is itching a bit with that hatch door open.
Meanwhile, will I continue with the repainting? I think I shall. Those walls and trim shouldn't be affected by any roof work, and if I can get the study repainting mess straightened out and put away, I'll have more floor space if I have to clear out the closet so they can inspect the roof space on the other side of the house, too.
*Ironically, I was listening to an episode of Holmes Inspection on my computer as I worked.