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Old 08-22-2010, 01:33 PM   #1
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I had replacement windows installed and the trim covered with aluminum. The flasing on the top of one of the windows now sits back behind the edge of the trim about 1/4 inch.We had a pouring rain for about 12 hours and I noticed water leaking in the basement below the window on the exterior wall. Is it possible that the water wicked in through the top and ran down behind the trim? I caovered the whole window with plastic and now the leak has stopped.

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window flashing-dscn2087.jpg This is the right side that is the worst. The water seems to be on the left side but is likely running across.
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hard to tell but the new drip cap may be just an L shape thats slid under a pretty poor example of a drip cap and that could cause your problem
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Yeah, that is the original window flashing and the new trim is tucked under it. I just realized I hve another leak on a window on the same side of the house . Drenching rain just won't quit. I will have to get up there when rain stops and check both windows. The one window the flashing does come out beyond the trim. Maybe a caulk problem on the trim.

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How long ago were they installed?
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A year ago and never had a problem until today.I"m calling the installer tomorrow but I just wanted some other input just to see what others might think.
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What did they do, pull out the old wood windows, slide those in with no nail flanges and screw them in from the sides?
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Yes ,they're replacement windows and they screw in through the side rail.
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window flashing-dscn2089.jpg This is a finished window. Everything seems buttoned up. I think the water is getting into the trim somewhere.
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Yep, that’s the fast way to do it for sure.

The problem is with that type of install caulking is about your only defense from the weather.

Once a year you should inspect the caulking for separation and touch up or replace if necessary.

They look nice though.
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So you think maybe where the trim meets the house?The way he bent the trim it comes 3/4" onto the face of the window so the only caulk is where the trim rails meet the sill and where the trim rails meet the siding.
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As Tom said it’s hard to say.

If I was troubleshooting it I’d use a hose to figure it out.
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That was my thought. Thanks guys.
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There’s no caulking where the trim meets the window on the sides and top, only the sill?

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