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05:53AM | 03/05/04
I am replacing windows, including a transom in my 6yr old townhouse. Turns out the transom was originally installed with the weep holes on the top instead of the bottom. I am seeking reimbursement from the townhouse assn for this "construction defect." The townhouse maintenance person told me that a transom does not need weep holes because it doesn't open, so that if I have not had any moisture damage by now (I see nothing on the interior walls, but will wait until the old window is taken out to make a final judgement on damage) everything is fine and it doesn't matter that the weep holes were on the top. Is this technically correct that a transom doesn't need weep holes?


02:08PM | 03/09/04
Member Since: 01/28/03
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Weep holes are designed to allow any water condensing on the inside of a sealed window frame to drain out as liquid water.

If the holes are left at the top, there is no way except for evaporation for the condensed water to escape.

If the holes are left in the top of a sealed window, no water can escape and therefore there will be no water damage from the fact it was installed upside down.

Also, since the townhouse association is not responisble for the cosntruction of your privatley owned home, you likley have no case against them in the matter...and usually have a case against the builder so lang as you are the original owner of the house and filed a complaint within the first year.

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