Wet window wall

MashDIYSeptember 16, 2012

Hi

Could you please advice how to fix the window wall getting wet. Attach is the picture of the window as of now.

Thanks for your advice.

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millworkman

No clue from that picture without some details and or more pictures

    Bookmark   September 16, 2012 at 9:20PM
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alan_s_thefirst

More details, but typically, it's because rain/moisture is entering the house due to deteriorated or lack of flashing.

Is that photo facing upwards, or downwards? Is it the top of the window, or the sill?
The first thing I notice is that big screw. If it penetrates the flashing at the top or the bottom, it's an issue in itself.

Most likely the window will have to come out for it to be rectified, and perhaps replaced after repairs are made.

If the house is stucco, that moisture could be entering some distance away.

    Bookmark   September 17, 2012 at 1:38PM
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MashDIY

Hi

Sorry for the delay. The picture is horizontal. The wetness is happening inside on the bottom side (both left and right) of wall of the window

Thanks in advance for your advice.

Regards
Mash

    Bookmark   October 13, 2012 at 1:18PM
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homebound

You need to inspect outside. Look for gaps, such as caulk that has separated, etc. Also, make sure any gutters are not clogged.

    Bookmark   October 13, 2012 at 6:26PM
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alan_s_thefirst

I think I get you now. What's most likely is water is traveling through the flashing or wall, as Homebound said.

Above the window, should be some sort of metal or bitumous layer, that deflects the water out and away from the structure.

How exposed is the area?

    Bookmark   October 16, 2012 at 11:11PM
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MashDIY

Hi

Thanks for the reply. We don't have any flashing outside. Attached is the picture of the window outside. There appears to be gap/crack between window and wall.

The wall is wet on all four corners of the window.

If we have to put caulking outside then which is better as there are so many varieties in home depot.

Also the wall inside which is wet looks like previous owner tried to do some temporary fix and which didn't work. How can we fix the wall. Should we scrape the wet wall and use spackling to patch and then paint it ?

Since its case of wet wall, is there any paint which we could apply outside for water proofing and over it could be painted with our sherwin williams exterior paint.

Thanks for your help

Mash

    Bookmark   October 21, 2012 at 8:49AM
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MashDIY

More pictures from inside

    Bookmark   October 21, 2012 at 8:50AM
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MashDIY

Right side of window

    Bookmark   October 21, 2012 at 8:53AM
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MashDIY

From outside another picture

    Bookmark   October 21, 2012 at 8:56AM
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millworkman

Without proper flashing and exterior weathering no amount of caulking will stop the water permanently.

    Bookmark   October 21, 2012 at 11:03AM
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MashDIY

Hi

Thanks for the reply. I was going thru google to see what types of flashing is installed for windows. Looking at the videos, since flashing is installed below installing the windows, I can't say whether any flashing was installed or not.

We bought the house and we have seen this wet wall.

Could you please how could we install flashing now when window. Since this window on 2nd floor, we can't work from outside.

Thanks for your advice.

Regards
Mash

    Bookmark   October 21, 2012 at 11:46AM
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millworkman

You really cannot, needs to have the siding removed and properly flashed or your really just pissing in the wind!

    Bookmark   October 21, 2012 at 4:34PM
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