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Question DetailsAsked on 2/16/2015

Whom do I call to take a look at a water leak coming in from my deck door frame?

The water is leaking in from the wood door frame. It appears to be coming straight down as if its in the wall. There is no ice build up or water approaching the outside of the door so I'm concerned as to where this water is coming from and how to fix it.

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Guest, can you upload pictures of the house showing the entire front and one of the door itself?

This would help.


Answered 5 years ago by ExteriorUpgrader


To upload photos, click on the Answer This Question button right below your question - then when the Your Answer box comes up to enter a response, use the leftmost yellow icon right above the box to attach photos.

When you say there is no water right outside the door - if no snowmelt or water that could be running into the door or running down into a flashing failure over the top of it, then you are looking at waer running down from a higher window that is getting wet, or a pipe leak - from baseboard heating system or water pipes most likely. Or, especially if this is the top floor on the house, a roof leak.

Roof leak you might be able to rule out if you can get in attic to look around - or if you have glaciering/ice damming on your roof (or blocked scupper drains if flat roof), that would be a likely source. Also, if this is still dripping but outside conditions have been dry for say a half day or more and you do not have roof ice damming or melting snow, pretty much rules out roof issues.

Otherwise, plumber would be a logical contractor to search for the source.

Two ways to try to track down yourself, other than attic/eave inspection for a roof leak:

1) check any overhead bathrooms for signs of leaking, and hold ear to wall and faucets to listen (when no other water is being used in house) for sounds of leaking. Note - if gas device is firing, or sometimes even pilot light is lit, you can hear that through the pipes or wall, so compare what you hear with that from several other places in the house so you can identify water sound from gas flow sound. Also checkk around outer walls for wet flooring if you have baseboard or steam heating.

2) use metal stethoscope ($10-15 at box store pharmacy area) to listen to walls, ceilings, pipes for sound of a leaking water pipe (commonly slight sound of water running, or a hissing)

3) remove interior trim above the door and dig out insulation at the leak area, and see if running down from above door. Then track upwards to source with small inspeciton holes in drywall, or with about 1/2" holes and a rented (Home Depot, tool rental places, some auto parts stores) fiber optic inspection camera. Of course, that type of inspection means some patching and painting afterwards - but plumber is likely to open up larger inspection holes than you would.

Hard to tell from here, but generally (but by no means universally) exterior wall leaks mean a roof leak, window/door leak, siding damage, or baseboard/steam radiator heating leak. In most areas (except always above freezing areas) bathroom piping is put in interior walls, so rarely migrates to an outer wall without first exhibiting as staining or leakage on interior walls or ceilings. Of course, if you have in-floor hot water heating, then leak can appear anywhere the leak is, but most normally appears first as stain/leak in ceilings, not walls.

Answered 5 years ago by LCD

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