Leaking Window


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Old 06-15-09, 09:54 PM
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Leaking Window

During heavy rains the west facing window on the second story will leak as if the sill is flooding. Where should I begin to look to diagnose this problem? I would like to try to resolve this without calling in a repair order.

Our home warranty will expire in just over a month but I believe we will have to pay out of pocket to get a contractor to come look at it. Now I will have to find the warranty paperwork to make sure.

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Old 06-16-09, 05:26 AM
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first thing I'd recommend, is to remove the screen and clean the dirt out from underneath it. Then second, examine the weep holes (outside track) and weep hole outlets, which should be on the outside, bottom edge of the window frame, and see if they were accidentally caulked shut or maybe are just gooped up with mud inside. You might need a pipe cleaner, or a spray nozzle to shoot some water up there. Certain types of clay dust will clog up the weep holes pretty bad.

The insert in the bottom of the inside track can also be lifted out by hooking the end and pulling up. There are weep holes in the bottom of that track that may need to be cleaned as well. Use some detergent and brushes, pipe cleaners to loosen the dirt, as needed.
 
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Old 06-16-09, 03:38 PM
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What sleeper said. Has it leaked since the house was new??? If yes, something was not done correctly in the window flashing before the siding went on.
 
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Old 06-17-09, 07:54 AM
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The house is 10 years old. We purchased it last fall and just noticed it this summer. But looking closer it looks like it has been like this for a few years. The trim around the bottom of the sill has some water damage. I also noticed that water has leaked into the garage below.
Today I will be tearing into the window to clean the sill and see what I can find.
 
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Old 06-17-09, 03:25 PM
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"Tearing" is such a harsh word. First, try the above suggestions about the drain holes.
 
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Old 06-17-09, 04:08 PM
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I cleaned the sill and the drain holes on the outside had plastic tabs over them. I tried to bend them back but both broke. I then poured some water into the sill & it seemed to drain out of the exterior holes as it should. Now I'll have to wait for the nest rainstorm to see if it won't leak.

Thanks for the suggestions.
 
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Old 06-18-09, 03:54 PM
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The idea of the flaps is to keep bugs out but let water drain thru. Good idea, often poor execution. Hope it works now.
 
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Old 06-18-09, 04:12 PM
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Agree with JB

I think the bug flaps is just a marketing thing more than anything else. If your windows are sealing correctly at the top, bottom and sides....then bugs can do whatever they want on the outside.
 

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