Doors and windows, an opening in the wall or roof of a building, is a mechanism used as an entrance to allow access into the room for people, light, air and such. It’s important and is definitely installed in every building. However, there are always unwanted guests or things that enters through doors and windows. Not implying that burglars and thieves are less dire, water entering through doors and windows can also pose major problems like structural failure and aesthetic damages. In mild cases, a few drops of water along the window or door edges or few patches of water stains might occur. In more extreme case, puddles of water forms on the floor, requiring buckets and towels to start mopping up the water that has been leaking into the building. Identifying such problems is not tough, but steps to prevent these from happening should be taken seriously to cease water leakage. Such entrance leaks are common, and occurs in almost every aging household or buildings. This is due to varying weather conditions that they are exposed to, and building settlement due to earths ground shifting. The edges of the entrances are no longer water-tight, as seals may be broken or cracks have formed in the joint between the installations and the wall.
Main causes for water leakage are usually:
- 1.Lack of overhangs that drains and drives water from the entrances
- 2.Poor installation or breaks in the water filtration system
- 3.Inappropriate flashing design that causes water to be able to seep in through the wall area around the entrances
- 4.Broken or missing seals around the edges
- 5.Cracked walls along the edges that causes the entrances to be detached
- 6.Wear and tear of materials used in the waterproofing system