I got a call from a client yesterday. Performed their inspection in early March. Water leaking in above their living room window. I had called out caulked flashing above the window with Hardiplank siding and of course the seller / contractor said it was fine.
So I visit today and sure enough the inside upper window trim boards and area are stained and wet. The top of the window is well above the gutters and hidden from any potential weather. New roof above that.
The client says well let’s take the trim off and see what is happening. So we removed the trim boards and lo and behold this is what we find. When the new window and siding was installed, they folded the Tyvek wrap into the rough opening at the top. They added spacers to the header and installed the trim, leaving a 1/2 inch gap between the trim and header covered with Tyvek.
As you can see below, the warm air from the home would hit the trim and move to the void where condensation would form on the Tyvek attached to the cold header and drip down on the MDF trim. This is all because of the Tyvek wrap being stapled to the bottom of the cold header. Had it been cut on the exterior, there would not have been an issue.
So far, none of the other windows show similar moisture issues. Client was very happy to know the cause. They were contacting the seller / contractor for repairs. When they offered payment, I declined. THAT simple 15 minutes will bring in more referrals and business. And it gave me a chance to stop at a favorite burger stand 2 blocks away. :mrgreen: