I just bought a house last month, it's about 50 years old. It's been raining a lot lately and last night I noticed water stains underneath a window in the sunroom. The big stain runs in a thin straight line from right underneath the windowsill to the baseboard. How do I fix this? My novice instinct tells me "caulk".. am I right?
That's a tough one. Finding leaks is more luck than skill. Water can run for "miles" before it actually shows. The easiest 1st step is to caulk. Check the flashing over the window to see if it looks bad. Be sure to "dig" out as much of the old caulk as possible. Use a goo quality caulk. I recommend an elastomeric caulk such as "Big Stretch". I just finished caulking my entire house (new paint job) and used 70 tubes of it. It works great. You should go into the attic above the window and inspect the roof over the window for water stains. You may have a leak in that area. GOOD LUCK!!
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