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aviram 06-03-2007 03:18 AM

Leaking Window Vs. Child with Leukemia
 
We have a badly constructed wall that leaks water into the house when
it rains.

My guess is that the tar paper was not applied correctly under the
stucco, and/or around the windows.

It has been like that since we did the remodel four winters ago, and
until now, we just placed plastic containers and cotton diapers on the
carpet, as it does not rain hard that much around here, about three to
four times a winter.

I tried caulking around the windows, and spraying a cement sealer (do
not remember the name) to no avail.

What would you recommend short of tearing down the wall and rebuilding
it?

My daughter is being treated for leukemia, and doctors say we cannot
do any sort of construction in/near the house, on the other hand, we
need to repair the leak and resolve any fungi/mold issues which might
kill her now that she has highly compromised immune system due to the
chemo.


are there any sealers that might work better in this situation?

is it possible to do another layer of tar paper/chicken wire/stucco on
top of existing stucco? if so, how do you seal around the existing
window?

whatever we do, it has to be done externally, no dust, and has to be very
affordable, as we are all out of money.


thanks,

-avi


Sammy 06-03-2007 09:49 AM

Was the window already there and/or disturbed during the remodel?

Can you tell at what point on the window the water is entering?

Possibly one person inside and one outside with a garden hose could help isolate the problem. Dont wet the whole window at first, start at the bottom and work slowly up til you locate the leak. If you get to the top of the window and dont locate the leak, wet the wall above the window. It may be an issue with water coming down behind the wall from above.

Longtooth 06-03-2007 01:42 PM

Stucco is porous. Scrape off the loose stuff, fill the cracks with caulking, fill the big gaps with stucco mix, caulk around the windows, use backer rod before the caulking for filling where nessesary, and finally, paint the stucco with a good latex, elastomeric paint. Or hire a pro.

Brik 06-04-2007 12:07 PM

Is it real stucco or synthetic stucco?

Longtooth 06-11-2007 09:33 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by aviram (Post 47495)
We have a badly constructed wall that leaks water into the house when
it rains.

My guess is that the tar paper was not applied correctly under the
stucco, and/or around the windows.

It has been like that since we did the remodel four winters ago, and
until now, we just placed plastic containers and cotton diapers on the
carpet, as it does not rain hard that much around here, about three to
four times a winter.

I tried caulking around the windows, and spraying a cement sealer (do
not remember the name) to no avail.

What would you recommend short of tearing down the wall and rebuilding
it?

My daughter is being treated for leukemia, and doctors say we cannot
do any sort of construction in/near the house, on the other hand, we
need to repair the leak and resolve any fungi/mold issues which might
kill her now that she has highly compromised immune system due to the
chemo.


are there any sealers that might work better in this situation?

is it possible to do another layer of tar paper/chicken wire/stucco on
top of existing stucco? if so, how do you seal around the existing
window?

whatever we do, it has to be done externally, no dust, and has to be very
affordable, as we are all out of money.


thanks,

-avi


-avi, been a while, hope everything is ok.


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