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Old 09-14-2008, 07:57 AM   #1
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We purchased an older brick home and now we're finding out it had some serious leakage problems around the bay windows--not seen by the home inspector.

We started taking wallpaper off and found what I can only assume was a mold-like growth. Being the freak-out types my husband and I tore into the sheetrock (with appropriate respirator masks, gloves, and safety glasses) and it was horrible. This stuff had infected the internal drywall, insulation, and the "mortar barrier" which I understand acts as a moisture barrier as well. So we ripped all the stuff out all the way down to the brick. We're having new windows installed during which at that time they are replacing rotted portion of the framing and studs.

So my question is what can we put between the brick and the studs to block out moisture? Keep in mind that there is only maybe a half inch of room between the studs and the brick, so we cannot nail the barrier in. Can we spray a thin layer of the foamy insulation and then put our regular wall insulation?

Hubby was thinking when they pull the window out, tack tar paper to window frame and drop it to the ground and nail from underneath in the crawlspace area.

I just want moisture getting in and causing the same problem again later.

Thanks for any help in advance!!

P.S. I will try to take pics today if it helps.

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Old 09-14-2008, 08:18 AM   #2
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Pictures will get you a lot of help.

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Old 09-14-2008, 08:54 AM   #3
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Pictures will get you a lot of help.
We're going back to the house today, so I will post pics this evening.

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Old 09-14-2008, 02:31 PM   #4
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The first 2 pics are of the window frame and damaged wood. The last shows what was behind the insulation. It looks like a piece of sheetrock, but was a little harder--we researched a little and back then it was used as a mortar barrier. We would like to put something up to block the moisture from seeping throgh the brick.
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Old 09-15-2008, 05:30 AM   #5
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bumpity bump--any suggestions?

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Old 09-15-2008, 08:05 PM   #6
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Pull the windows out and install sill pan flashing's that exit the water to the exterior of the brick.

Keep an eye on the sealant joints between the windows and brick in the future.

Is there any rot on the exterior of the windows causing the failure?
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Old 09-15-2008, 08:46 PM   #7
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there was a hole in the sill which will be replaced when the new windows are installed. the new windows will be wrapped--no more exposed wood on the outside.

we were just wondering what to put behind the insulation next to the brick.
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Old 09-15-2008, 08:49 PM   #8
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Moisture barrier. 2 layers.
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Old 09-15-2008, 08:51 PM   #9
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is there a specific type of material used? sorry for all the questions--we're new to this.....lol

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Old 09-15-2008, 08:56 PM   #10
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Tar paper,Grade-D paper,house wrap.

Has the HVAC been upgraded?
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Old 09-15-2008, 09:00 PM   #11
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it's a 4-ton Trane unit--best I can tell it was installed around '93. I had it serviced a month ago and it checked out OK. another concern I had was the vents are on the baseboards which I feel may have contributed to the problem.

I would like to convert the baseboard vents to floor vents "someday"

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