Home>Discussions>DOORS & WINDOWS>Leak from window frame. drps from top of window frame when it rains, brick siding
17 posts / 0 new
Last post
mtgt
Leak from window frame. drps from top of window frame when it rains, brick siding

4 year old house with brick siding. Two story house on a basement. The window is on main level. There are two windows above. But there is no window above the leaking window. When it rains water drips from three places on the window top frame. Please see the video link here. https://youtu.be/CWnU_wqWsPQ

1. Leaks only when it rains.

2. Had caulking done around the windows, still same issue.

Please help

TOHFan
Re: Leak from window frame. drps from top of window frame...

Can you post pictures of window top edge from outside? Some close ups of top edge from the front and side angles may help too. You may be able to use a selfie stick to take the pictures from the inside.

Is there a leak or wetness above the window where the wall meets ceiling?

Possible causes:

- Drip cap/ flashing not installed properly (or no drip cap)

- Window header casing not installed properly, or damaged

 

 

mtgt
Re: Leak from window frame. drps from top of window frame...
TOHFan wrote:

Can you post pictures of window top edge from outside? Some close ups of top edge from the front and side angles may help too. You may be able to use a selfie stick to take the pictures from the inside.

Is there a leak or wetness above the window where the wall meets ceiling?

Possible causes:

- Drip cap/ flashing not installed properly (or no drip cap)

- Window header casing not installed properly, or damaged

 

 

Here are the video and photos:  I am not sure if the video and photos are clear. If not I can re-do it.

https://youtu.be/lV0W7AlJ65w

It has been raining last three days. I had a handyman( cant get on to ladder so high) looked for caulking being an issue yesterday and told the wall is wet. But I can expent the wall to be wet as it has been raining.

  • The caluking was done 6 months back so I was not hoping that to be an issue.
  • Water is coming out of weep holes so I can rule out they being clogged.

Is the leak coming from roof? What do I need to tell the roof inspector to check.

 

TOHFan
Re: Leak from window frame. drps from top of window frame...

I see the brick ledge the bricks are sitting on. My guess at this point, all water may not be getting to the weeps. if mortar got into cavity behind the bricks, it may be blocking some of the water from gettng to the weep hole. One suggestion is to make additional weep holes at leakage locations and see if that solves the problem. Extreme care must be taken not to puncture flashing, wrap etc. May be someone with more experience can respond?

Regarding ceiling: From inside the room, if you look up abvoe that window, do you see wetness where the wall and the room ceiling meet? Thisis just to see if the problem lies above the main level.

 

mtgt
Re: Leak from window frame. drps from top of window frame...
TOHFan wrote:

I see the brick ledge the bricks are sitting on. My guess at this point, all water may not be getting to the weeps. if mortar got into cavity behind the bricks, it may be blocking some of the water from gettng to the weep hole. One suggestion is to make additional weep holes at leakage locations and see if that solves the problem. May be someone with more experience can respond?

Regarding ceiling: From inside the room, if you look up abvoe that window, do you see wetness where the wall and the room ceiling meet? Thisis just to see if the problem lies above the main level.

 

No I do not see wetness on the walls from inside. But could this be a possibility? I may not be using right words so I apologize.

1. Water enters between brick and the wrap from the ceiling. I see the overhang where the roof peeks  and may be water is entering from the roof and flowing over the wrap/membrane. Ffinds a window frame not fitted properly and enters the window frame

TOHFan
Re: Leak from window frame. drps from top of window frame...

It is possible. From the pictures it is not clear if there is flashing above the window. The brick ledge may be doubling as flashing. If that ledge/flashing is not tucked under the wrap, any water flowing down could get to the window frame.

mtgt
Re: Leak from window frame. drps from top of window frame...
TOHFan wrote:

It is possible. From the pictures it is not clear if there is flashing above the window. The brick ledge may be doubling as flashing. If that ledge/flashing is not tucked under the wrap, any water flowing down could get to the window frame.

The video I posted may give better idea?  I am bit unable to decide how to move forward or engage whom.

- Do I need to take out the window to fix it?

_ Do I need a roof expert to see the leak?

This leak is very worrisome to me and any idea is appreciated.

TOHFan
Re: Leak from window frame. drps from top of window frame...

As i suggested, drilling additional weep holes is one option. Extreme care must be taken not to puncture flashing, wrap etc. Unless someone reading this has a solution, it's hard to diagnose over this forum because of the several possibilities. I would suggest contacting the builder. The house is only 4 years old. Normally they offer some kind of warranty for repairs. It's also a reputation question for them. Perhaps the sub-contractor who did the brick work can pin point the problem.

mtgt
Re: Leak from window frame. drps from top of window frame...
TOHFan wrote:

As i suggested, drilling additional weep holes is one option. Unless someone reading this has a solution, it's hard to diagnose over this forum because of the several possibilities. I would suggest contacting the builder. The house is only 4 years old. Normally they offer some kind of warranty for repairs. It's also a reputation question for them. Perhaps the sub-contractor who did the brick work can pin point the problem.

Yes I will check with Builder. But I doubt they support. Thanks for your help. If anyone can share thoughts that would be very helpful as well.

mtgt
Re: Leak from window frame. drps from top of window frame...

I have engaged a handyman to look into it. He went up and found a hole at the peak of the roof where the brick meets the wood. Charged $200 (though high I am okay if it fixes the issue). He has not taken a pic which is bit strange. He says water could be entering there and passing directly down below.

Couple of questions:

1. I see water from weep holes on this window, but not on other windows which are on the same side. He says water should not come from weep holes and they are for condensation and not for rain water. Is this true?

TOHFan
Re: Leak from window frame. drps from top of window frame...

I think if you search on Google for something like "weep holes in brick veneer", you will be able to find detailed information on them.

Pages

Sponsored Stories

TV Listings

Find TV listings for This Old House and Ask This Old House in your area.