I have a home built in 1996, it's your typical SoCal
stucco box. When it rains heavily, which is admittedly
a rare occurrence, I get wet drywall around the sliding
glass door (vinyl coated aluminum frame). There is a water stain on the
paint about 1" high above the door (at the top), and some larger stains down
the drywall on the sides of the door that taper out toward the bottom.
Clearly, water is getting behind the waterproof paper, settling on top of
the door frame, and then leaching into the drywall.
I've talked with the builder and had them out several
times to locate the source of the leak, but we can't
seem to find the source of the problem. Generally, this happens in
particularly heavy rain with alot of wind. We spent several hours a few days
ago spraying a hose at the stucco all around the door, but we couldn't seem
to duplicate the problem. We originally thought that the flashing around the
door was done incorrectly, however that appears not to be the case after our
Our test included spraying water directly around the door as well as on
several potential problem areas (speaker wire hole, electrical outlet,
exterior light) and we can't seem to get any water leaks/stains like I see
during a heavy, windy rain. Our only thought is that water might be going
horizontally through the air vent up near the roof. Or, it's possible that
the waterproof paper wasn't installed correctly and we just didn't hit the
right spot with the hose.
Last night, it rained heavily *without*
wind and the wall is bone dry today,
as opposed to last week's rain where it was wet and mushy to the touch. I'm
Anyone have any thoughts on what the problem might be?
Or, any suggestions on what else to look for besides ripping all of the
stucco and drywall out. Is there some kind of detection device available
that I could use to find the origin of the leak?
Any help would be fantastic.