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New window leaking, possibly roof leak?


 
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Toiletduck

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 27, 2008 9:14 pm Reply with quote

Hi,

I recently had new windows fitted, the very night after they were installed I was awoken during torrential rain by dripping water coming down the inside of the bedroom window frame. So I assumbed there was a problem with seal and got the company back out to fix it. They couldnt find anything wrong with the seal around the window but they did point out a large gap between the lintel and the roof line and water staining down the front of the lintel itself. Still seemed a bit of a coincidence to me, but they claimed the old wooden windows would have soaked up the water?

Anyway Ive had this gap filled in now but Im still having problems. No dripping water now but, the wallpaper around the inside of the frame gets damp during wet weather and i can see a small stream of water running down the lintel onto the frame itself.

Im at a loss as to what to do now, it really looks like water is coming in over the top of the frame but I cant see how? I was wandering if there may be a roof leak somewhere that is running down the felt and coming out right above the window? But even then its a stone lintel, how would the water get through it?

Any ideas? Get a roofer out to check the roof maybe?
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memor maplin

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 27, 2008 9:33 pm Reply with quote

What sort of people are these ?

"The wooden frames would have soaked it up!"

My moron detector has started to hum.

I think maybe these windows have been fitted without a cavity tray.
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Toiletduck

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 27, 2008 9:39 pm Reply with quote

memor maplin wrote:
What sort of people are these ?

"The wooden frames would have soaked it up!"

My moron detector has started to hum.

I think maybe these windows have been fitted without a cavity tray.


Yes it is one major coincidence, the house has solid walls though.

Not sure what more I can get them to do though, i can run my finger over the seal it seems good, but the water is clearly coming in over the top of the frame. I was suspecting the roof but then it would have to get through a stone lintel which surely isnt porous?
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masona

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PostPosted: Tue Oct 28, 2008 9:16 am Reply with quote

Can you take a photo?
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Toiletduck

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PostPosted: Tue Oct 28, 2008 11:05 am Reply with quote

masona wrote:
Can you take a photo?


This is an old one

http://picasaweb.google.co.uk/andy.simm/MyHouse#5097860148666313538

Shows water staining on lintel.
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masona

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PostPosted: Tue Oct 28, 2008 11:43 am Reply with quote

Are the gutter or downpipe blocked?
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Toiletduck

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PostPosted: Tue Oct 28, 2008 12:28 pm Reply with quote

masona wrote:
Are the gutter or downpipe blocked?


Possibly, unfortunately I dont have a big enough ladder to check - however I have noticed that not much water comes out of the downpipe at the bottom when raining.

How is it getting through the lintel and behind the window frame though?
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