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Has anyone been dealing with gable windows not being installed/ sealed properly and, when it rains hard, water leaks in at base of gable windows?

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Comment by Pat Watters on June 19, 2011 at 12:34pm

I have someone going to fix it.  He says  gable windows leak often if "window rap" is not installed before trim is put on.  it is what he is going to do...remove outside trim, add window rap and replace trim.  Hopefully it will do the trick.

How do you "air seal"??

Comment by Ryan J. Larrabee on June 19, 2011 at 7:17am
Just wanted you to know that after a full round of air sealing we have no more water penetration around the window.  You may want to look into an energy audit.  The entire audit was about $500.00.
Comment by Pat Watters on May 22, 2011 at 11:59am

My electric bill was up compared to my neighbors for last two winters since I built.  I had my AC co do an "annual " cleaning just to see if anything was wrong.  The guy said I was one lb low on freon or whatever it is called and that he found no leaks.  He said it probably was never filled from the beginning and yes it could have made the difference in my winter bills.  Otherwise my house seems pretty air tight and warm and cozy in winter......

Except now for the window leaks.

Comment by Ryan J. Larrabee on May 22, 2011 at 5:50am
You could try a storm window, have you checked to ensure that flashing was actually put around the window?  How is your heat/cooling bills?  Our home was finished in January of this year and it was SOOO cold when we got ready to move in.  Before the move we decided to get an energy audit, and the house totally failed.  Our GC is also refusing to do anything and blames it on the heating system (which didn't fail the audit) I don't have much good to say about a guy who walks away from a job that isn't done right. 
Comment by Pat Watters on May 21, 2011 at 10:29pm

We tried caulking but when I used the hose against the window, it again leaked at the base of the triagiular gable windows.   I was told that the trim piece on the outside need to be removed and some kind of rubberized piece installed would stop the leaking.  it  didn't sound like rubber stopers at the corners.  sounded more like a rubber seal under the trim against the window.

This is very disturbing.  I made last payment to buillder 22 months ago but have only been at the cabin a total of about 6 weeks since then....builder still says my warranty is up and the repairs will be at a cost to me.

Comment by Ryan J. Larrabee on May 21, 2011 at 7:41pm
Only when it rains hard against the windows.  We have Anderson 400 series windows.  We upgraded to the storm windows.  We were told that we may have to order the "storm kit" which turned out to be small rubber stoppers in the inside corners of the window.  None of this worked, so we had an Anderson rep come down and he added additional caulk, and basically said that if the problem continued that it was the builders problem.  We took a high pressure hose to the window and it didn't leak, which means that the problem isn't coming from around the window itself.  I will let you know if the air sealing works.
Comment by Pat Watters on May 21, 2011 at 2:35pm
are you having leaks all the time or only when it rains hard against the windows.  My problem seems to be the latter. 
Comment by Ryan J. Larrabee on May 21, 2011 at 6:48am

We have.  After having our GC review it, Anderson window come, and much invested in storm windows we could not figure it out.  We just had an energy audit and the auditor suggested that if there are any air leaks in the house (and we have plenty) that moisture in the home can escape in these areas.  I asked him if it would pour in, like it did around our windows, and he said yes.  We have tried everything else to solve the problem so we are now working on air leaks.  He said that if we seal the air leaks we should see the problem solved.  We are sealing with spray foam insulatiopn in just a few weeks so I will let you know if it helps.


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