Post # 1
Where is the house board? I finally have something to post!
So apparently Southern California is supposed to get more rain this week than we have EVER had in a week and it’s off to an awesome (where’s that sarcasm emoticon?) start. Now I did technically find out that we had 2 leaky windows last time it rained hard a few months ago, but we never did anything about it. Now it is literally raining inside the house. Like lots of quick dripping from the top of the entire window sill on two LARGE windows. Not like you can put a bucket on the window sill. Arghhh. Do we have enough towels for an entire week of rain?
Post # 3
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Oh noooo! That’s horrible!
Post # 4
Ack! I’m sorry, that sucks!
Post # 5
That stinks! Can you put any sort of plastic over it to help shield the window?!
Post # 6
I would put a tarp outside and once you have something covering those windows try drying them off and putting some clear silicone over around them to seal it. Letting this continue for a week is a very bad idea, you run the risk of walls getting wet and mold/mildew issues which can be pretty serious and expensive.
Post # 7
Oh yuck! I’d have someone come out and look at it as soon as it stops raining. Unfortunately, just caulking the seal with water already inside the walls will make it mold!
Post # 8
Totally second bridetobee. Or get clear plastic sheeting from lowes, and staple it over the window (only stapling into the sill/sash) so that you can get light.
Try some of that expanding foam stuff around it if there’s a pretty big gap between the window and wall, and then cover with joint compound. If there’s not a big gap, use silicone around it to stop the leak for now. But it MUST dry out before this–no water! Or else you will have a major, major rot problem…
Post # 9
I feel your pain! I discovered I have a leak IN MY CAR! Somehow the seal around my driver’s side window is not complete, so I was feeling little droplets on my leg on my way home! And I park my car on the street and it’s totally flooding. I literally had to make a huge jump just to get onto the sidewalk. This is madness– SoCal is so not rain-ready! :*(
Post # 10
Oh no!!!! that stinks!
Make sure you get it looked at and stay safe 🙂
Post # 11
Bummer! If there are problems on the inside of the window, I’d dry the area with towels and a hair drier and then try some clear silicone calk ASAP. If the bigger issue is OUTSIDE, I’m not sure what you can do in the midst of a week of rain.
A word of caution if you use the expanding foam stuff that LaborOfLove mentioned: there are two types of foam, the type that expands forever, and the type that expands and then stops. Make sure you get the type that will stop expanding–you don’t want to make the gap worse over time.
Post # 12
Oh my goodness…I’m more worried now than I was before! And I can’t believe how knowledgeable you all are. FI was reading the entries over my shoulder to get the details. Guess we need some silicone caulk asap! (haha – sorry, potty humor).
Seriously, thanks for all of the advice. I will stop ignoring the problem. Luckily I don’t believe there is water in the walls…but I definitely am not qualified enough to know for sure. I will consult a professional!
Post # 13
ah yikes! the rain today in SD was CRAZY!! My husband and I always have the windows open and we were at the gym when the rain started to get insane and when we got home our bedroom was soaked! so annoying (but the windows were actually OPEN, so its our own fault!). this week certainly could get interesting ’round here….good luck with your window situation! (and sorry i have no helpful advice 😉
Post # 14
I feel you! We live in Bankers Hill (in the hilly part) and the water rushes down Laurel, down our driveway, and right into our garage. Last time it rained like this we eneded up with about 5″ of water in our garage 🙁
I love the rain, so I will not complain!!
Post # 15
http://boards.weddingbee.com/board/home I never checked to see if it was added and it is! Yay! Thanks Mr. Bee!
Sorry to hear about all your leakage problems, but thanks for for the heads up about the rain! I spoke to my gmom in SD a few days ago and it seemed just fine. Now I gotta call to see how my Mom’s coping with all that rain.
Post # 16
Make sure you dry it good before trying to apply the silicone. And, the good thing about the clear silicone is that even if you do a sloppy rushed job, it’s pretty easy to peel off without leaving a mess if you want to redo it later or have professionals come fix the window problems.