Q. We hope you can address our problem. For several years, we have intermittently had a leak coming through our ceiling above the living room on our first floor. The water doesn’t actually drip though the ceiling; we just have a spreading brown stain that appears on the ceiling inwards from the front wall of the house. We have a cape style house and directly above the leak is a second floor crawl space. We’ve checked the crawl space many times and there is no sign of a leak there: The insulation below the roof is dry as is the floor of the crawl space.
We first noticed the leak several months after we had covered rain gutters installed along the edges of the roof. The year before we had the gutters installed, we had a new shingled roof put on. The leak first appeared during the winter. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.
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