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Old 29th August 2016, 08:23   #1 (permalink)
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Can anyone help with an Artev (jerry) built leaking roof terrace. For the past 3-4 years rain has been coming in through the bathroom light fitting. We've tried everything we can think of - even covering the chimney vent and taping up the electric roof sockets but nothing has worked. Next will be a full re-grout. Is there a particular brand/type of grout we should be using? Someone suggested a sealant as well. Has anyone tried this.
Also, does anyone know of a skilled handyman. Not Umit thanks as it was his merry posse who made a pigs ear of things last time.
One troubling thought is the fault could be on the neighbouring roof. Has anyone had experience of this.
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Old 29th August 2016, 08:37   #2 (permalink)
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Re: Leaky Roof

It may help if you can post some pictures of the roof as others maybe able to spot some `weak` points.
A leak can be a pig to sort as water can travel underneath tiles so drips well away from the source, it will find the lowest point, in your case a light fitting.
I didnt have a leak but got a couple of tubes of silicone and siliconed all the edges of my roof terrace as a precaution. (where tiles meet wall)

Would it be possible to soak just part of your roof at a time and see if you can at least identify an approx location as to where it is getting in.
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The water may be travelling through what passes for conduit in Turkey. It will be a good idea to check behind joint boxes[plastic mushrooms in the walls], and other fittings, in areas higher than the leak, Look for signs of water, this may lead you to the source. We had one on a mid floor, it ran from a badly fitted roof wall light, down the conduit to it's light switch then down a floor to the wet switch below.

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Honestly, we've had the world and his wife up there trying to spot the source but things just look 'normal' - or as normal as any Artev build can. The only slightly iffey-looking section is at the front which doesn't get full sun at certain times of the year and the grouting is slightly black.
We've flooded parts of the roof section by section then monitored the light fitting but nothing came through. This convinced us it was the chimney vent - especially as the stain on the ceiling is adjacent to the vent in the bathroom - so we covered that last year but things worse than ever this past winter. Also re-grouted the edges and will maybe try silicon or a liquid sealant when the whole terrace is re-done in a couple of months.
Siliconed around external sockets before taping up.
Now hoping it's a simple case of poor quality grout - ie things look okay but water is seeping through - except surely it would have done so when we did the test floods?
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Re: Leaky Roof

Depending on how large the terrace is what if you got a couple of large sheets of polythene and cover say half or quarter of the terrace at a time and tape down the edges with duct tape, this should seal that area.
Or just be damned and cover the complete floor and see if that cures the problem, if not then it isn't the tiles/grout.
I am just thinking of cheapest way to find out before you spend more money that may not lead to a cure.
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Re: Leaky Roof

We had a problem on our roof a few years ago rain getting into bathroom we ended up cutting a square in the bathroom ceiling so we could look through and identity where the problem was while a friend was up there with a hosepipe , leak was coming in from round a ventilation pipe got it repaired and then had to get the ceiling sorted but not that expensive.
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You can get a treatment that leaves the existing tiles as is ...the guy who lives opposite had it done last year (but unfortunateley has gone back home now)
3 guys came with what looked like a membrane , they rolled on white sticky stuff and put the membrane over it, overlapping the joints and then coating it with half a dozen more coats of the sticky sealer stuff, it dried a whitish colour and apparently waterproofs every part of the roof
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Hi All
Can anyone help with an Artev (jerry) built leaking roof terrace. For the past 3-4 years rain has been coming in through the bathroom light fitting. We've tried everything we can think of - even covering the chimney vent and taping up the electric roof sockets but nothing has worked. Next will be a full re-grout. Is there a particular brand/type of grout we should be using? Someone suggested a sealant as well. Has anyone tried this.
Also, does anyone know of a skilled handyman. Not Umit thanks as it was his merry posse who made a pigs ear of things last time.
One troubling thought is the fault could be on the neighbouring roof. Has anyone had experience of this.
Thanks.
Sunseeker
Had the same problem on my place. For the price of ceramics in Turkey I just retiled the roof (flat roof), putting the new tiles across the joints of the existing tiles (never took them up). Firstly though you need to be sure where the leak actually is. The fact that water is coming through internally in one place doesn't mean that the leak is directly above it. I even took a hose pipe up there & saturated certain areas each time but still never found it, retiling sorted it.
Tap the tiles & try to find the hollow sounding ones, seen Turks dot & dab when laying them instead of actually bedding them.
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Some really useful tips here. Would never have thought of tiling over the original tiles. Certainly some hollow ones to sort.
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Some really useful tips here. Would never have thought of tiling over the original tiles. Certainly some hollow ones to sort.
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Better to tile right over all of them, once you start digging tiles up you will just disturb other areas that are probably sound............DONT dot & dab, bed them. Turks are quite reasonable on tile laying pricing but just make sure you watch them being laid (the tiles).
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