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Question DetailsAsked on 4/3/2015

How to fix it? Water coming through the window, main floor, not connected to the roof.

I bought a new house and with the first rain I got water in the both the basement and one of the windows on the ground floor. There is a floor above, so water is not coming from the ceiling. But somehow water's found its way in through the window. How do I fix it?

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If this is a "new" house - i.e. new construction, then contact the Builder if within warranty period. If you mean just a new house for you, then your Search the List category is Windows, to get a window installation company to come out.

While it might be a window problem, in most cases it is an error in ahndling the water shield and flashing at the top or sides of the window, letting water running down the siding come in around the window frame.

Typical repair cost can run from $75-150 range for a simple correction and caulking, so more like in the $200's if the window has to be pulled out to correctly fix the water barriers, then reinstall it.

For DIY there are tons of videos on Youtube and elsewhere on the web about how to check your flashing and caulking and repairing it - it is a matter of following the flow of water from the point it hits your house till it is pastthe bottom of the window, and making sure at every point it is transferred from one surface onto the outside surface of the one below it, rather than hitting a point where it can run run underneath the underlying surface. Some cases are pretty obvious, some are not.

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