We have been in our 2 story brick home for 2 years now. I have found
that when it rains, a spot of sheet rock on the bottom left of a
window gets wet. It appears as if the water is on the inside of the
wall wetting the sheet rock. It appears to be a preexisting condition
that the seller painted over and I failed to catch un till a few
Also, the carpet by our back door gets wet when it rains hard.
It doesn't appear that rain is flowing under the door or splashing in.
How to I fix these problems? Do I get a ladder and calk any chinks in
the brick or mortar. I wouldn't even know who to call if I needed a
pro to fix it. Do I call a carpenter, a plumber.......damned if I
Any advice on where to start would be great.
I'm not a great DIY'er but I have a big ladder ( the little giant -
not a bad ladder ) and I can caulk like hell. I have to caulk because
the wife will not allow me to use the expanding foam anymore.
Visit www.bia.org and review their technical reports about how brick is
supposed to be installed above and around windows with flashing and weep
holes. Yours obviously was not done correctly. Probably a code violation
and you may have to sue the builder. Even if you bought it used the builder
may still be liable for code violations. Depends on statute of limitations
in your state. In fact the original buyer may have been prevented from
suing due to a binding arbitration clause but you are probably in a legal
position to sue the builder if you do it right away. You have a problem
that will cost thousands of dollars to fix most likely because every window
and door is probably defectively flashed. Will result in rotted studs.
Art may be correct in that all windows are not flashed properly, but I'd find
the problem before considering a lawsuit. It will cost you a lot less to fix
the problem than to sue. If it's limited to one window, it certainly won't cost
you thousands of dollars. Furthermore, if the problem is no or improper
sealing, you probably have no grounds.
I assume you mean normal rains, not hurricane force. A surprise, for
me, after one of our Fl. hurricanes was to learn than wind can drive
rain through a concrete block wall .. worse with newer walls with fewer
coats of paint. So, I suppose that might apply to brick.
Is wet wall first or second floor? If first floor, is there a bath
above? Been up in the attic to check inside of roof/attic? For sure, if
there are openings in masonry, do fix them. Might need to point those.
For starters, I would for sure caulk the outside of the window
carefully .. being meticulous to clean it up best you can according to
instructions on product. Need to open the window to see if there are
gaps in the frame that let water in. Glazing is good?
Back door .. what kind? window? How close to ground?
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