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Did this just happen three years after installation or could this have been there from the time of installation and you didn't notice. Sometimes this can happen, especially on older homes that have old wooden windows where the installers use something like a chisel to literally "bust out" the old exterior blind stops on the window when installing replacement windows from the exterior. The old wood can be very dense and hard to chip off. The force of hitting on the exterior could cause this type of thing or as someone else said, could have a shim putting pressure against the back side of the interior trim. You probably would have noticed that kind of damage right away though.
Typically a 70 year old house has already settled so you wouldn't think that was the cause, unless you are having some other kind of structural problems with the home. If it were water, I would imagine you would see some kind of staining or drips on the interior as well.
It's really difficult to say, unfortunately. It could be installation related, but would be hard to say without pulling off the metal wrap on the exterior (assuming they were wrapped) and seeing what is going on.
Hello! I'm sorry to hear that you are having issues with your windows. From viewing your photos, it appears that there is water coming from up above the window. That being said, it could have been from improper installation or just bad windows.
Please feel free to reach out to us and we can send one of our salemen out to have a look at what's going on with your windows.
EntryPoint Doors and Windows
5018 Bristol Industrial Way Suite 209
Buford, GA 30518
Agreeing with most of the other comments here, we would suggest fixing the roof first to correct any water issues that may stem from it (i.e. ponding water near foundation, etc.) as well as gutter repair or install to run the water from the roof away from the foundation and home . In addition, its a good idea to look at the ground around the home to ensure that during rain or precipitation events, the ground runoff water is flowing away from the home or at least divert it away from the home if possible (i.e. adding drainage, etc.) before addressing the foundation. If you hire foundation professionals that take the time and care to properly raise the home and replace or repair foundation correctly, there should be no issues with the roof or any other aspects of the home. Hire a fully insured and licensed company always! Hope this helps!
We agree with everyone that notes to fix your roof first, including any gutters and downspouts. Remember to be sure to run the water AWAY from the home. Water coming down around the drip zone of the foundation is a big problem and can be addressed with those initial steps. Then, you can and should address the foundation with a reputable foundation contractor. Water kills a home. Use the top down rationale and control it. But definitely fix that foundation but after everything above is corrected. Good luck.
You might consider trying to add a new layer of ceiling drywall using GreenGlue sound proofing adheasive. This gets installed without removing anything too, it should be noted . This will be the most inexpensive aproach but may not be a complete cure. And you'll only lower the ceiling by about 5/8".
You can look up Green Glue on the web for more info and where to to purchase.
Do your roof first and stop water entry. As a general contractor we see these all the time. In almost all cases the foundation repair can be done at any point even if it means lifting the house and replacing the foundation. But water entry will continue to do damage if unchecked. So do your roof first.
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