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Help? Leaking Vinyl Windows

Posted by timmyg123 (My Page) on
Thu, Sep 23, 10 at 9:15

I am having some problems with leaking windows, attached to the front of my house with a brick facade.

They are leaking at the top, and the recaulking I just did between the lintel and windows did not help. I suspect the leaks are the result of bad installation with water getting behind the bricks and not draining where it should. The area between lintel and window was wet when I cleaned it out and recaulked.

Any ideas on how to fix this? should I just get some new windows installed properly or should i try and have them repaired?

i'm at my wits end and would appreciate any help.


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RE: Help? Leaking Vinyl Windows

Generally when a leak appears at the top of a window, it is not a window leak. If you can actually see the water come between the glass and frame, that is a different matter.
I would venture a guess that it is either (1)poor or no flashing or (2) the water is coming from somewhere else and finding its way to the window because it is an opening in your wall. So long story short, don't replace the window until you know it's the windows fault or you may go to a lot of trouble and expense for naught.


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RE: Help? Leaking Vinyl Windows

thanks, but how would i go about determining the cause?


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RE: Help? Leaking Vinyl Windows

Open up the drywall above the windows where the leaks are happening.


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RE: Help? Leaking Vinyl Windows

I have vinyl windows that when it rain (mostly heavy rain), water stains inside at the lower right and left corners (some windows in the middle section as well as the right and left section). What can I use to stop the water from coming in (I know that the windows are not slant enough to remove all the water, I am seeing). I appreciate if you can help me out.


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RE: Help? Leaking Vinyl Windows

Many leaks around windows generally can be traced to a problem with your roof unless you can visibly see the siding or drip cap is not sealed correctly.


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RE: Help? Leaking Vinyl Windows

Drip cap or head flashing.


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