An elderly homeowner called Mending Homes, distressed that she had a leaking window
in her staircase area, made even more challenging because it was on the landing of a 14 foot wall. She has complained to the property manager of the wall being cold and damp but her complaints had been dismissed. Upon inspection, the wall showed water damage around the window at the bottom corners and below the window. In addition, the window jam was moist and the glazing was foggy and wet. The painted corners of the wall were water damaged.
Mending Home’s Peace of Mind Solution:
Using a FLir Thermal scanner to confirm the moisture in the wall, we realized that not only was there water in the wall, but moisture trapped and pooled. We removed the existing drywall and window. We explained to the homeowner that the home had no vapour barrier and old punched-in paper insulation. Some of the wall was exposed to the outside sheeting, which had caused a thermal break. Vapour pressure in the wall created years of condensation to become trapped in the wall. Sheeting and window were compromised and leaking badly for years. Temperature changes in our seasonal climate created heat lose through the wall.
And then we fixed it.