I have two double glazed windows with the same problem. Water doesn't
drain out and it builds up and eventually comes through the seal as in
where it's marked in red
I have taken one (the small one) apart and cleaned it and thought I'd
sorted it but it still leaks when it rains - I think you can possibly
see rain on the picture there but the quality's not that good.
Why isn't the water draining away? What can I do?
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It's not a question of water draining away, it shouldn't have a way in
to start with. A seal has perished somewhere I would think.
If they're wooden (I can't really tell from the pic), it's possible you
have some rot and the rain is soaking through the frames.
They're uPVC. The one is fairly old (8 - 10 years I think) whereas the
other one is new but very badly fitted. The builder has since emigrated
so I can't do much about that except replace it or rather replace the seals.
On Mon, 08 Jan 2007 15:47:40 +0000, John Kelly wrote:
There should be drain holes in the bottom section of the frame. These can
either be on the exterior face of the frame and covered with a cap or if
the frame sits on a sill in the base near the front exterior edge so they
drain into the gap between frame an sill.
Do they exist? If so are they blocked with swarf or general gunge?
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Is it possible to clean them out though? As far as I can make out the
holes are in the frame and then disappear into it. I've tried poking
things down the holes but nothing comes out. I've also tried filling the
frame with water and it does come out of the drainage holes (on the one
window anyway) but when it rains like it does now (heavy against the
window) it seems to fill up and not empty.
So there really should be only minor leakage into this rebate beneath
the glass? I just assumed it was meant to be wet a lot of the time.
Sounds like the problem I've got is that the seals aren't okay so
replacing them may cure the problem....
Where do I get seals? Do they sell that sort of thing in the DIY places?
My experiences suggest you're better getting a local dg repair firm in.
Parts are difficult to source, and not cheap when you find them.
I had someone in to replace the bottom panel in a neighbour's door. She
wanted glass replaced with a solid panel and cat flap. They did the job
for little more than the plastic was going to cost me
On Tue, 09 Jan 2007 07:49:01 +0000, John Kelly wrote:
You need to get outside and check the exterior drain holes be they in the
face or base above the sill (if fitted). If there isn't any sill the you
should have face drains.
Anything that gets in should just drain straight out, obviously droplets
might remain but not channels or frames full of water. Certainly should
be enough to come out of the glazing bead inside.
Looking at that picture that particular glazing bead is a pretty awful
fit. When fitted properly they should look as if they are part of the
frame, no gaps, just a joint line.
Not normally available in DIY sheds. Trouble is the seals are not
"standard" but vary with make of frame. Best bet is probably to get a
local firm in. Choose one that has been trading for 10 years +, does have
big flashy ads, preferably with local recomendations.
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