Water leak on exterior/interior wall


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Old 12-27-05, 03:32 AM
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Water leak on exterior/interior wall

We had a big rainstorm (on Christmas Day). I noticed water on the floor by the doorway to our laundry room. It was coming from the wall/window above it. The laundry room is on the first floor but the window is on the second and is part of the entryway for our home. Water was dripping from the drywall at the top of the window. I also noticed that there was water dripping from a small crack in the door jamb on the inside of the laundry room. To me this means that the water is running down inside the walls? I know something needs to be fixed but don't know what. The exterior is stucco with a concrete tile roof. This house isn't even 5 years old yet. Any idea who I should call?

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Karlene
 
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Water leak on exterior/interior wall

Do you have any kind of a roof or atchitectural treatment projecting out above or near near the entry or window area?

If not, look around the window. Poor installation could give you an opening for the water to enter.

Dick
 

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Old 12-27-05, 07:04 PM
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Originally Posted by Concretemasonry
Do you have any kind of a roof or atchitectural treatment projecting out above or near near the entry or window area?

If not, look around the window. Poor installation could give you an opening for the water to enter.

Dick
I believe the roof overhangs this window. As far as the window installation, that was my first thought but dh insists it is not (even though he hasn't looked at it). Would the rain be leaking between the walls if it is the window installation? Any ideas who to call to look at it to make a determination what the problem is? (roofing people, window people, stucco people???????)

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Water leak on exterior/interior wall

Check the caulking around and especially over the top of the window. Also any other windows on that side of the house. Also check any penetrations in the wall or around the canoy over the door (if you have one).

Water can enter a wall and travel horizontally before it comes down in some cases.

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Old 12-28-05, 11:10 AM
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I've also seen water get into aluminum soffits and run back toward the house where it can get behind the siding (or stucco).

Karlene, if you could take a couple digital pictures of the area and post them to a web site like yahoo, maybe we could picture the situation better. Especially a picture of the top of the window inside and out, the location of the highest point where you notice water dripping, and the roof line.
 
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Old 12-29-05, 09:55 AM
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I was wondering if water is getting between the roof and the gutter also. Is water running down the side of your house in that area?
 
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Originally Posted by phippo
Water was dripping from the drywall at the top of the window. To me this means that the water is running down inside the walls? I know something needs to be fixed but don't know what. The exterior is stucco with a concrete tile roof. This house isn't even 5 years old yet. Any idea who I should call?

Thank you
Karlene
I have exact problems with less than 4 years old house.
I have checked the exterior but couldn't find anything.
should I put caulking all around the windows?
When the windows are installed, caulking or any sort of glue need to be applied between windows and walls, right?
It's not happening any more for now (no heavey rain storm since then).
 
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Old 02-14-09, 03:06 PM
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leak exterior/interior wall/window

For the past 1/2 year, when we have a 'driving' rain (AZ), we had/have a heavy leak on the inside top drywall of window. I had the inspector during the rain already twice to check with an infrared lamp and he could not find the source of the leak, but assured me that it is NOT the roof leaking. Home 10 years old. We caulked hairline cracks with silicon on parapet and exterior wall. For 3 rains it was fine but during the last one (driving rain again) it leaked/dripped again, from left corner mainly.
I enclose some photos uploaded to 'flickr' and would be grateful if one of you has an idea how to proceed to solve this problem. Thanks.
With friendly regards, noviceaz

Flickr: 7777photos' Photostream
 
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Old 02-14-09, 05:53 PM
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Windows don't appear to be flashed. It seems to be coming in around the stucco on top. Is that a roof drain above? Draining water and wind could add to volume there.
you could google stucco man.
 
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Old 02-17-09, 07:46 AM
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leak exterior/interior wall/window

Dear tinner666:

Thank you very much for responding to my question. The thought of a missing or damaged flashing had come to my mind too; although I did not want to think that this might be a problem, because this would be a BIG problem.

I just found out who the builder of this house was and will try to get in touch with him. Maybe he can help!? Although I do not know if a builder after the house has been built years ago is still responsible for a missing or damaged flashing on this window.

You asked if the roof drain is above. As you can see from the photo 'Westwall', it is approximately 20" to the left of the window.

Any other suggestion in addition to the flashing?

Thank you. Greetings, S.
 
 

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