A little while ago, a storm hit. It was POURING rain... and my house has no shingles and no tarp (which is very odd because the roofer specifically told me this morning that he was going out to buy a new tarp). Water was dripping from the light fixture in my kitchen ceiling. This is bad.
There's a puddle of water in my garage. I'm guessing the only reason there are no puddles in my house is that the insulation in the attic soaked up the rain.
There's water damage to the plywood over the garage... and probably to the plywood over the rest of the house.
Why did the roofer not put a tarp over my house? All of this could have been avoided. I am livid.
As soon as the roofer arrived this morning, I told him what had happened. To his credit, he responded with, "Don't worry, I'm here to take care of you." and immediately went to look at the problem. It turns out that only a small area of the garage had been left bare (just enough to cause a scary puddle to form... like the little pool of blood in a horror movie that indicates you're about to discover something really terrifying). The rest of the roof was fairly well protected with tar paper. The water in the kitchen had come in around a vent pipe.
Luckily, the storm had been brief and the plywood over the garage dried rapidly, leaving no permanent damage. Inspection of the attic revealed dry, fluffy insulation throughout. WHEW!
I am relieved but still grouchy about the situation. Why leave one section of the garage bare? And why not tarp the roof? (And while we're at it, why leave boxes of stuff on the roof that could (and did) get blown off by the wind (but fortunately didn't land on anything important).) The roofer admitted he should have tarped the roof and apologized for scaring me. ("As a homeowner, I can understand why you'd be concerned about water coming in." Damn right I'm concerned! Water dripping from a light fixture = bad.) He also made a point of telling me that if there were any damage, he'd make it right. In my experience, contractors don't admit when they've made a mistake, and they certainly don't say they'll make it right. A contractor with a hint of integrity is a rare thing. I guess this guy isn't so bad, and I refrained from punching, kicking or otherwise taking out my frustration on him.
Ugh! I really did not need this drama. Now, if you'll excuse me, I have to go put black dye on all the new grey hair I've sprouted. :P