Spring is upon us, bringing with it spring showers and spring leaks. Exterior door leaks are a common source of water intrusion at this time of year. These leaks, while troubling, are usually more of an annoyance than a danger. Knowing what causes this problem and how to solve it can help you find peace of mind and enjoy life in your home just a little bit more at this wet time of year.
When it’s possible, finding the source of the leak can help you get the situation under control. To do this, wait until it begins to rain outside. Stand at your door when the rain begins and watch for the rain to make its entrance. The first place where the rain appears should be the source of your problem. Finding this source will help you determine which parts of your doorway are vulnerable and which parts are working properly.
The common problems that can cause doorway leaks include:
If you’re unable to find the source of the problem by watching the door during a rainfall, inspect the caulking and weather stripping around your front door. Look for cracks and gaps in the area around the exterior door. You should also look for signs of mold or rot around your door, as the spot with the most damage could be another clue when searching for the source of your leak.
Once you’ve identified the problem, it’s time to solve it.
If you’re searching for inspiration or if you’d like to see video of one homeowner’s struggle to fix his weather stripping, we recommend watching this YouTube video:
At Terry’s Plumbing, we don’t fix door leaks, but we do fix plumbing leaks. If in your examination of the door you discover that your plumbing was the source of your problem, then give us a call. We’ll be happy to help.