Rain coming inside by the front door


Old 09-08-08, 10:43 AM
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Unhappy Rain coming inside by the front door

We have an open foyer with a window right above the front door. The bottom of the window is almost flush with the porch's shingles. If we get rain along with wind (like remnants of Hanna on Saturday in PA), sometimes the right side of the window sill gets a bit wet. Yet, on Saturday we saw that water was coming down on the left side of the door (no marks by the window) and it started to puddle inside the door on the floor. We could see this, as our foyer floor was ripped last week for replacement.

My husband checked around the window from outside but he said he couldn't see any place for water to come in easily. A few years ago the roofers had diverted the gutter water towards the front of the house instead of by the window, so that should have helped a bit.

They are talking about winds and rain for tomorrow afternoon, so we want to fix this problem as fast as possible. Do you think we should caulk underneat the window? Or should we try something else first, such as dumping water by the window to see if it will seep through? We will appreciate any recommendation.
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Old 09-08-08, 06:20 PM
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Welcome to the forums! All water problems must be handled from the outside, so "caulking"? Yes, but use something like Big Stretch around the frame. It will give with the weather fluctuations. Is the window and door properly flashed? Sounds as if it is not.
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