Leaves in the Valleyadmin
This client called to get an independent assessment of the condition of his roof. He had been experiencing leaks inside the house and called a roofing contractor to provide a quote to fix the problem. The contractor advised him that he would need to replace his skillion (flat) roof and install a flashing under the gutter for the cost of $5000 (the quote was written out on the back of a business card). The contractor did not even get on the roof, but simply stood back and looked at the roof and told him what the problem was; hence the client wisely chose to seek another opinion.
During my inspection I found that the cause of the problem was simply a build-up of leaves in the valley. The client would have been $5000 poorer and still had the same problem had he gone with the original quote. I cleaned the leaves out and advised him to either invest in leaf guard, or have a bi-annual inspection of the roof and gutter system.