upstairs window is leaking

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Old 10-31-11, 10:53 AM
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upstairs window is leaking

I have a relatively new home, build 6 years ago. A couple of weeks ago we had a big rain storm and during this rain storm my window in the kitchs began to leak. As i poked around the window i found the drywall to be soft and wet. I cut away a 2 foot opening all the way to the roof and saw that the cinder block was drenched in water behind the wall not to mention the stink that came from the wall. I had some sedement cracks on my back wall and took a hose to them to verify if water was getting behind the stucco. Sure enough, water was leaking through the stucco and into the home. I repair the exterior walls stucco, temporarily, with marine grade sealant 5200, that's all i had at the time. I checked the leak after it cured and it was no longer there. Great i thought.

Yesterday we had another bad rain storm, I'm in Florida and when it rains it pours. anyway, the leak came back, although not as much. Before it would fill at a rate of 1 gallon a hour, now it's just dripping.
I wanted to get to the bottom of this so i went to my upstairs room's window, which is directly above the kitchen window. I touched under it and all along the drywall but felt nothing to worry about everything was dry. I did however decide to cut it open just to get a visual inspection. sure enough there was water behind the wall too. I proceeded to move along the window sill and remove the window sill when i came to realize that it was leaking from the bottom of the window. I didn't know how it could be leaking there because i sealed the edges on the outside. I then began to pour water on the sill and saw that water was coming in though the weep.

Sorry for the long explanation, but how can i fix this? I have never taken apart a window and i do not have a long enough ladder at the moment to work from the outside so everything has to be done through the inside. It appears that water is coming in through each screw hole that is in the frame, about 6. Do i remove the screws and fill it with a sealant? how can i take off the "channel" to clean it?

any help would be helpful. I have to get this leak under control and my insurance company didn't cover me for the fix just for interior damages. AH!!!http://images.ibsrv.net/ibsrv/res/sr...ilies/wall.gif

I have my photos on flickr Flickr: butwhydoitalk2u's Photostream along with a video not the best quality being that i was doing all this at 11pm but maybe you can get the idea on what i am trying to explain.
 
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Old 10-31-11, 01:59 PM
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Has the exterior of the window frame been caulked to the stucco?
 
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Old 10-31-11, 03:32 PM
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I'd like to see a picture taken from the top of the ladder so that we can see the exterior of the window (bottom of the window where the weep holes are).
 
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Old 10-31-11, 08:52 PM
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Has the exterior of the window frame been caulked to the stucco?
yes the exterior frame has been, and i have re-stucco'd it. the weeping holes are not clogged i check them today...also what i did today is put a piece of duct tape on each of the lower frame holes and had the wife hose the window. No leak that i could see with the pressure of the hose. the only leakage was from in between the two windows where they meet, but no where else. I removed the screws securing the frame on the sill and out of the 6 screws 4 pulled out fine the other two broke or were broken already with a ton of rust on them, and these happen to be the ones that are facing the outside. i also noticed that they were not totally inside of the frame - they werent tightened all the way. tomorrow i am going to take some pictures of the exterior portion that i can get to as i no longer have the ladder it was a borrowed one.

can lose screws on the bottom of the sill cause that much water to come into the home?
 
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Old 11-01-11, 04:59 AM
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I would think your arm would be long enough to snap one out the window... no need to grab the ladder again.

Those screws pierce holes in the masterframe of the window, which as you know is also a channel for water to run out the weep holes. So yes, it's possible that water could be entering the house by running out those screw holes, especially if they ran a screw in, then took it out and moved it, or kept it in the same hole but moved the tip around to a new location, leaving a hidden hole in the frame that you can't see. Vinyl window frames usually have at least 3 "walls" to them, the inner and outer walls, and an interior dividing chamber. Many mfg's will specifically say not to put screws in the bottom of the frame, and if you do, you are supposed to chase the screw with silicone. (this means you put silicone on the threads of the screw so that as it goes in, the hole is "sealed" with the silicone, and once it is completely driven in, the head is covered with silicone.)
 
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