Newly installed window has water inside window track

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Posted by: from Shirley
4/23/2011 at 2:00:18 PM

Recently, I had a window contractor install a new tripple pane window at my residence. this window is approx. seven ft. wide by 3 ft. high. the center window is stationary and the two ends are sliders with non sliding screens. Every time it rains there is an accumulation of water in the inside track where the sliders slide. which is in front of the stationay window pane. there is a lot of water in the track, it takes a few papertowels to dry it up.

My contractor who installed the window states this is normal. normal? I said. I dont believe this to be true. Can I have an opinion please ?

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Date/Time4/28/2011 at 3:14:39 PM

If the window is sliding on a track, I would have to say that the installer is correct.

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Date/Time5/21/2011 at 8:45:02 PM

I don't Beleave that you should have a abnormal amount of water building up in front of the stationary window. The two slider windows should have drain holes or slots at the bottom of the track this would stop water from building up.

Check for the drain holes to see if the installer pluged them up when he had caulked them in, Second when the windows are shut make shure their is contact between the vertical frame and the weather striping that the window locks are on, and make shure the windows can lock easily. If the vertical frames dont line up when the windows are closed their could be a problem their also not sealing out the water when it rains.

Hope this helps

Scott blevins

Cut Above Building Systems

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Date/Time12/17/2011 at 10:44:58 AM

It is normal for some water or condensation to accumulate at the bottom of the window track but it should be able to drain out through the weep holes in the lower left and right of the exterior part of the window frame. Sometimes the weep holes have small hinged doors on them and they can get stuck in the closed positon or may have been caulked over preventing them from working properly.

Try taking a small screwdriver and clear the openings, that should allow the water to drain out.

Good luck.

Daren Drake

Finest Custom Construction

Molalla, Or.

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David in Seattle
Date/Time6/16/2015 at 7:17:07 AM

Water or frost on windows is condensation. Condensation is formed when warm moist air comes in contact with cooler dry air just as a bathroom mirror will 'steam up' after a hot shower. The inside or outside of your window can sweat or fog because of temperature differentials.

Faulty windows do not cause condensation. Glass is usually the place you first notice condensation because glass surfaces have the lowest temperature of any of the interior surfaces in the house.

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