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Signs That Your Home Has a Serious Window Leak

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Hi! Don Kennedy again with ProMaster Home Repair and Handyman of Cincinnati Lately, we've seen a rash of homeowners experiencing water intrusion from poorly installed windows. So today's topic is, "Warning Signs That Your Home Has a Serious Window Leak." So in this video, I'm going to point out some warning signs that you should be looking for that indicate a serious window leak. And I'll actually use pictures from recent client homes. Next, we'll talk about why you should take immediate action to resolve the leak, And we'll actually walk-through a case study with you, to show you how your home repair professional should diagnose and repair a window leak to prevent future water intrusion. So in this first picture, you can see peeling paint in the interior of a wood window sill. Now, there could be several causes for this, but bottom line, is that we have water where it should not be and it is beginning to destroy the paint, rot the wood in that window sill. So if you see that... that could be a problem. Along with this. Peeling paint on the interior wall, near the window. You see how the paint is starting to bubble up and wrinkle? This is a sign that we have a serious amount of water coming in from that window behind the wall. Or if you see something like this on the exterior of the window. Rotting wood, deterioration of the wood frame--clearly this is letting water come inside and damage the windows below it. A lot of work to repair this. If you see this, you have a serious window leak and problem that needs to be resolved right away. So does any of this look familiar? If so, DON'T PANIC! A good home repair pro can isolate and eliminate the source of the leak then repair the water damage. But time is of the essence! Otherwise, mold can grow, and wood rot will develop drywall and insulation will be damaged we can even see electrical problems and structural issues as a result of neglecting such intrusion of water. Catching these problems early can save you thousands of dollars later. Now the moment you've all been waiting for. A real-life case study to illustrate to you, how this plays out. We're going to look at an 8-year old home in Amelia, Ohio. It's a pretty typical tract home, very common here in the Cincinnati area. The rear of the home is all vinyl siding, it has 2nd story, great-room windows-- beautiful architectural feature but prone to leaking And this home has been leaking since it was new, and the builder was unable to solve the problem, and this nice homeowner was reporting to us that even her neighbors were having similar problems. Now I can't tell you who built this home, because I don't want to create enemies unnecessarily. But it was built by a major regional home builder that many of you are familiar with ... and maybe even live in one of these homes. Here we're looking at the inside of this woman's home, and I pointed to three windows she was complaining were leaking. and it was damaging all of the drywall around these windows. Now in many cases, the typical home repair guy might say, "Hey, we'll fix the drywall and then seal all the windows with caulk on the outside." RIGHT? And that might sound like a reasonable solution. And in many cases, will help. But the real answer is: NO! We need to do a leak test in this case because we have damage on three levels of windows here and we really need to determine where the water is coming from. Now you may ask, "Don, well, we already know the window are leaking..." "... why would you want to spray more water at them?" Well, we need to know WHY the windows are leaking and that often only comes by disassembling certain parts on the exterior of them home. And find out what is going on underneath. So here you see a picture as we've cut away some of the siding and sheathing and you can already see the window rot, and some of the water getting in and you can see some of the problems that are being caused here. This is not something that a simple tube of caulk can correct. Here's a better angle to illustrate what I'm talking about here. Notice that the windows are improperly flashed. Remember, flashing is just material that helps shed water away from where water should not be. Sometimes flashing is made of metal, sometimes it might be a synthetic fabric material, sometimes is might a plastic or rubbery type material... OK? Don't worry about that. But the idea is, is that when windows are installed against a house, there has to be some mechanism to shed the water away from where it joins the home so that doesn't get inside. In addition, you'll notice that there is no house wrap on the exterior of this home... on top of that board... that's called OSB. If you've ever seen a home being built, you'll know that before it gets sided or bricked, there is that plastic-looking stuff that has some logo on it. Or maybe a major manufacturer like Tyvek™ or you know, each home improvement store tends to make their own. And it almost looks like the house was gift-wrapped, ready for Christmas. That goes on underneath the siding so that if any water gets behind that siding, it won't reach the wood. So there is none installed on this house. So as a result, we have damaged wood, drywall and insulation... and this is causing mold growth in the home and a whole lot of homeowner frustration! Now here's a close-up shot of the damage so you can see in greater detail what has occurred here. The sheathing is completely rotted out; you can see some additional wood deterioration and rot around these windows. The drywall and framing inside the home is growing mold. Here you can see the drywall also... completely destroyed. Al lot of damage and the mold growth certainly presents a health concern for the family living inside. So if you suspect a window leak... Here's what I want you to do during the next rain, to note as much information as possible, to help your home repair pro properly diagnose and resolve the problem. Ask yourself, "does it always leak?" Or does it just leak during a heavy rain? Do the windows leak when there is driving rain, from a particular direction... or again, does it leak any time it is raining outside? How long has it leaked? And was there any event near the time the leak started? Like a storm, or a lot of ice that you had, or wind, etc.? Has it gotten worse, or has the leak remained the same? Have you tried anything to stop it before? And if so, did that work? And also, if you can get this information... find out who built your home and when. Thanks for watching! We'd love to hear your feedback on this video or any of the other videos we've done. ... at the end of this blog page or video And if you need help with a window leak and you're in the Cincinnati area Call us at (513) 724-0539. You can check us out on the web at . And as always, we've love to be your friend on Facebook, key word, "ProMaster Craftsmen." Happy Remodeling!

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Duration: 6 minutes and 53 seconds
Country: United States
Language: English
Producer: ProMaster Home Repair & Handyman of Cincinnati
Director: Don Kennedy
Views: 1,481
Posted by: handymancincy on Jul 14, 2010 - Here at ProMaster Home Repair & Handyman of Cincinnati, we've seen an alarming trend of homeowners reporting window leaks. These leaks often result from improperly installed windows or poor home construction techniques that prompt the need for expensive, premature repairs. The following article reveals the warning signs that every homeowner can use to determine if they have a serious window leak.

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