GBA reader Megnchris is experiencing one of the more frustrating parts of home ownership—dropping a chunk of cash on a repair doesn’t necessarily make the problem go away.
Writing in the Q&A forum, Megnchris (real name unknown) explains that repairs to the then 13-year-old house in 2016 led to the discovery of hidden rot.
“After much confusion and lots of conflicting advice from various contractors,” Megnchris writes, “we hired a stucco company to do the repairs. They told us the builder didn’t install flashing on any of the windows of the front of the house, and that the gutter-to-wall intersection either didn’t have a diverter or it wasn’t installed properly…thus the source of the leaking. The builder (now long out of business) put in the gutters then stuccoed around them at the wall-to-gutter intersection.”
Repairs cost $26,000, but Megnchris recently discovered fresh leaks around a bedroom window that had been replaced just last year. After removing some drywall, Megnchris found lots of wet wood and wet insulation in the wall, and checking other rooms with a moisture meter turned up similar problems there—all areas that had been tackled in the 2016 repairs.
“Where do we go from here?” Megnchris asks. “Based on the pictures of the repair work, could it still be the windows? We are beyond frustrated and anxious about whether or not the stucco company will honor their warranty…but even more worried that it will still not be resolved after it’s all said and done. ”
That’s the topic for the Q&A Spotlight.
Malcolm Taylor notes that there are several possible causes for the leaking walls: the windows themselves, the lack of a capillary break between the stucco and the sheathing, or improperly installed flashing around the windows.…