gambrel roof leaking

Old 02-14-10, 01:42 PM
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gambrel roof leaking


I own a 30 year old townhouse with a gambrel type roof. We've never had any problems with the roof in the 4 years we've lived here, but this past week we got 45 inches of snow in 3 days. This resulted in quite a bit of ice buildup and a few days ago we started having a leak inside our house above our sliding glass door to our deck.

Our attic has no vents as it's a townhouse and there are two small soffits on each side of the house. These vents have a bit of water coming out of them and form icicles at night. There is also water starting to seep out on the ends of the awnings and at the seems.

We have two large areas where ice dams are building up: at the gutter and on the top of the roof. I looked in the attic and there doesn't appear to be any leaking in the top part of the roof, (there is some ice buildup around where the windows are), so that leaves the lower part. I just finished cleaning out all of the ice in the gutters, so I hope that fixes it. But how do I prevent this from happening in the future? Should I have more vents installed?

As I mentioned there is a little big of ice buildup around the windows that you can see in the attic. There are small wet spots forming in the ceiling where this is happening. The ice is just about melted, so I don't see it becoming a larger problem than it is, but how can I prevent that from happening in the future?

I have plenty of photos to show what I am talking about if that would help.

Thank you for your help!
Old 02-15-10, 03:20 PM
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Sounds like a ventelation problem to me.

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