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Old 02-16-2014, 05:21 PM   #1
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Water Flooding Window Sill, Coming Through Kitchen Ceiling

I need new windows.

My house was built in 1960 and still has original windows.

Budgeting to have them replaced in the next year or so.

In the meantime, I have one window on the top floor above the kitchen that has a dented gutter above it. Every time we get a big rain storm and that gutter backs up, it spills over the side onto my window, flooding the sill, making its way down through the walls until it hits the kitchen floor below

I know I need to have the gutter fixed but my question is moreso, why don't the storm windows prevent the water from coming in? The windows are old so they have 3 tracks. I made sure the 2 storm windows are not reversed so I don't know what else it could be.

Only thing I can think of is that the wood above the window is rotted out and maybe thats where the water is coming in. Window is too high up for me to get a good look.

Would love to hear other possibilities.



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No way to really even guess without some pictures and your going back to quick links to edit your profile to add your location.
Ice dams due to lack of insulation and proper venting.
Not enough over hang on the shingles and no drip edging.
Rotted fascia.
A dented gutter is not going to cause a leak inside a house unless there's something else going on.


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Old 02-16-2014, 08:30 PM   #3
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Take your pick. There is any number of ways that water can enter and in order to really identify it, you have to see it.
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