On November 12, 2012, we contracted with Joe Genke to repair some storm damage to the eave of our house. During those repairs the house was empty, the power and water were off. Joe Genke inspected the house before beginning his work.

During the course of his work, Joe Genke cut off the gutter on the back of our house and allowed water to enter into the house. That day and evening, it rained about 1/4 inch.

The roof area that emptied into the gutter that he cut off was was 30x30 feet or 129,600 square inches. 129,600 square inches x .2 inch of rain (1/4 inch) = 32400 cubic inches of rain. There are 231 cubic inches of water in a gallon. 32400 divided by 321 = 100.9 gallons of water. About 100 gallons of water flooded the floor of our house, ruining the wood floor.

The photos below show some images of the house with some further explanation. Click on the photos to see larger images.

 

This photo shows the back of the house before Joe Genke began work. The gutter is still in place.
(Click on the photo for a larger image.)

This photo shows the back of the house after Joe Genke cut off the gutter. The 2 small pieces of wood
on the ground (grey and tan) are apparently an unsuccessful effort to stop the water from entering the house.

Obviously, enough water was coming off the roof that he felt some effort was necessary to avoid the damage
that eventually happened. (Click on the photo for a larger image.)

 

In this shot you can see the gutter Joe Genke cut off laying on the ground with the ineffectual "ramp" of
wood laying on top. The "ramp" is under the spout from the upper roof gutter. (Click on the photo for a larger image.)

This shows the other "ranp" Joe Genke put try and stop the water from running into the house. In this photo, you can clearly see that Joe Genke purposefully cut the gutter from the eave of the house.
(Click on the photo for a larger image.)

This photo shows 3 of the several empty beer cans left on the property along with the Joe Genke's tools
and debris from the work.

 

In this photo, you can see the damage to the wood floor. The water spread over the wood. The floor
towards the front of the house was dry.