This is a picture of the damage caused to a house from water intrusion. The deck ledger board was not properly flashed. We discovered this damage, as we were residing the house, removed the decks, re -flashed, repaired rotten wall studs and sheathing. That was last fall. This week I got a call that the siding door, just below where this picture was taken was leaking. Not very much, but was leaking. This is not the type of call we want to get. We had worked hard to ensure the water-tightness of this job and somehow water was getting behind all our hard work. Of course, I visited the job and within minutes discovered the problem. NO END DAMS ON THE LEDGER BOARD FLASHING. End dams are simply the water stop at the end of a flashing to push the water out and away from the building. There is usually a junction at the end of flashing and a wall, this needs to have a water dam. In the cause of the deck ledger board, this dam was missing at the open end and water (not much) was getting behind the house wrap at this point. A simple oversight, but a costly one to our pride. We fixed this problem and no more leaks, we should have caught this problem on final inspection, but didn’t. We do take pride in our work, this is not a good mistake to make, but we did quickly fix it and we give that assurance to all of our customers.
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