Not a roof leak repair you want to see.
Almost any roof can leak at any time given the force and direction of driving rain.
My roof leaked in two different places during Hurricane Sandy. It had not leaked before and has not leaked since.
In this house there was evidence of a roof leak that was reported to have been fixed. Why leak stains are not primed and painted prior to an inspection sometimes baffles me. But the location was not wet during the inspection, and it had recently rained. So perhaps it had been repaired.
But we always want to have a closer look.
Going into the attic I was able to get above the leak stain location.
And that was what I found.
The plumbing vent tubing which passes through the roof had been leaking.
Towels had been tightly wrapped around the tube from the roof sheathing to the insulation.
And the leak was "repaired!"
Not exactly what I would call a roof repair.
Obviously the rubber collar on the vent had deteriorated. It was not visible from the ground, but that is what I suspected had leaked as the other one on the house was old and deteriorated.
My recommendation: when things are said to have been repaired, it is best to ask how and by whom. Or hire a home inspector to have a look! This is a quick fix by a roofer, and not expensive. But that professional repair would solve this problem for a long time.
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC
Based in Bristow, serving all of Northern Virginia.
Office (703) 330-6388 Cell (703) 585-7560