Raining Indoors

by Kay Lynn


During a leisurely Sunday breakfast a couple of months ago Mr. Boomer pointed out a weird spot on the ceiling. Was last year’s paint job going bad?  Then we remembered the heavy rain the night before.

The Problem

A quick trip up the ladder (vaulted ceiling) confirmed it was wet.  We’ve had a lot of rainstorms this year which most Californians greeted with pleasure (we only grumble on the second day). 

As condo owners we are responsible for the walls in.  But the damage in case (if any) would be caused by a roof leak which isn’t our responsibility.

Our homeowner’s association has had to replace a major section of roof on one building and remove several downed trees and we had been spared until now. 

The Response

First thing Monday morning a call was put in to the property manager.  Our previous calls to weren’t returned promptly so we were wondering what kind of hassle was upcoming. We got a quick call back with a work order submitted.

Two days later we heard from a contractor who wanted to come out and look at the spot.  He came on the day indicated and said the work to correct it would be scheduled.

After a delay of two to three weeks we got a note with the week they’d be working on it.  We have a tile roof (better for fire protection) so they removed the entire section of tile and then re-papered it and put the tiles back on.


Fortunately, the one-time leak didn’t damage our ceiling so no work was needed there.  We have not had any more leaks.  The best part was not receiving a bill.  There’s been enough unplanned “emergencies” lately with the pothole encounter and broken dryer.

We are very happy with the response of our association’s property manager and the fact that they did a long-lasting repair instead of a quick fix.

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Jersey Mom May 19, 2010 at 10:40 am

Good thing it worked out in the end (though it did take very long)! At least you didn’t have to pay anything.
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Bucksome May 20, 2010 at 12:45 pm

It was good not to have a bill, but we pay with monthly HOA fees.

Evan May 19, 2010 at 7:00 pm

I live in a condo also, and I am 100% sure that if I had a problem it wouldn’t go as smoothly lol
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Bucksome May 20, 2010 at 12:44 pm

Evan, that’s too bad. One of the downsides of condo living is that repairs can be out of your control.

Dr Dean May 20, 2010 at 1:44 pm

Did it leave a stain? And if so, will they pay for paint/spackling etc? We had a costly ceiling repair from an upstairs shower leak-but the ceiling was trying to fall in, so more than just a stain….
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Bucksome May 22, 2010 at 5:30 am

I should have put that in the post. Fortunately, it did not stain or damage the ceiling. The HOA would have covered the bill if that happened.

Sorry to hear your leak was worse.

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