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knotquiteawake 05-30-2012 09:36 AM

Window leaking, but where's the water from?
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Nothing like a coulple of severe thunderstorms overnight to show you where the leaks are in your new (to me, it was built in 86) house.

Last night during the second storm I hear what sounds like somebody suddenly pouring a glass of water slowly out onto the windowsill. I grabbed the flashlight and saw that there was a steady stream of water coming from the top of the window (see the picture below). It lasted about 5-10 min and then stopped. It was still raining (but not as hard) but the flow of water stopped.

Also below is a picture of the window from outside. there is no ledge or anything above the window where the water would be pooling up. So please please tell me I am wrong in thinking that its all coming from inside the walls? Of possibly (which is maybe worse) its coming from inbetween the brick veneer and the side of the house? These are the stupid things that I suppose no home inspector could pickup on unless they inspected in the middle of a violent storm.

danpik 05-30-2012 09:57 AM

The first place I would start looking is for any missing mortar or cracked joints above that window. durring a thunderstorm it rains sideways more than it does straight down so a lot of water is running down the siding. I would suspect a close inspection will show an opening in the brick facade somewhere up there. also seeing there is utility services on that wall there may have been something long ago removed that was bolted or nailed on that left a hole.

knotquiteawake 05-30-2012 10:06 AM

I suspect there could be cracks in the mortar. There are a few cracks to the very far left of the house on that side. There were previous foundation repairs to the far left there (from what I understand there are about 9 piers supporting the slab there). As far as I knew there were no cracks on the side where this window is but I suppose there could be some up higher.

kwikfishron 05-30-2012 10:52 AM

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It could be coming in up at the roof line too, a zero overhang is never a good thing. There's not a chimney just out of view in that picture is there?

The easiest way to troubleshoot the leak is with a hose test. Have someone inside watching as you slowly and systematically work your way up the wall.

knotquiteawake 05-30-2012 10:57 AM

Yeah, I thought the sides of the house looked odd. Its that zero overhang that was throwing me off. I'm used to seeing at least 6inches or so or overhang at our last house.

shazapple 05-30-2012 12:02 PM

I think you are correct that the water is travelling in behind the brick. Do you have an attic space? Maybe it is getting in on the roof and travelling down part of the truss. Take a look to see if you can find any signs of water. Brick is porous so it could be coming through the brick and gathering on the lintel. Cracks in the mortar certainly add to this as well.

knotquiteawake 05-30-2012 12:05 PM

Attic access is on the far opposite side of the house with vaulted ceilings in between and a fresh fresh fresh layer of blown in insulation as well... In other words, its inaccessible there.

knotquiteawake 08-18-2012 01:26 PM

It happened again last night, this time the next window over on the same side of the house. I decided to go get some caulking to try and stop it up on the inside. Before applying the caulking I tried to remove some of the old junk and found that it appears to be rotting and moldy behind it :censored: :eek:
A lot of the caulking on this window just peeled right off too. I have zero experiance with this kind of thing, for all I know all the insulation there in the wall is mold infested because of the leak. It definitely appears the leak was there before and they just caulked right over it.

This is a limit to my DIY and cutting out sections of a wall or removing windows is one of them. What kind of contractor handles this kind of thing? Clearly there is a leak, but if you look at the outside picture you can see there is almost no way to get anything to seal the gap between the metal window frame and the brick facade there, its a really small gap. Seems you would have to pull the whole window out to correct it. Or not? Any suggestions? Attached is a link to the water flowing lastnight, and pictures of where I see the drywall and insulation water damaged.

Also, I did the hose test. It appears its just the water flowing behind the brick at some point, but there are so many cracks and gaps in the brick there is no practical way to seal them all. Also because its just a brick facade its supposed to allow water to pass down to the foundation from behind the bricks.


Fix'n it 08-19-2012 08:14 AM

that bottom pic. it looks like there is no caulk on the steel above the window. start by caulking that. when its windy water can and will get in there.

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