Plenty Of Water

The summer's water shortages and hosepipe ban seem a long time ago now.

This morning saw a frisky little storm up here with gale force winds blowing and heavy rain causing localised street flooding, fallen trees and roof slates plus the obligatory rogue wheelie bins.

When P collected me from my morning's volunteering shift at the Hospice shop he dolefully informed me that all of our leaded, stained glass windows had been leaking with puddles of water collecting on all the window sills.  

We have mopped up the water and stuffed cloths along the bottom of each window but fortunately the rain has now stopped and the sun is shining once more, although the winds have not abated very much.

I really hope that this is just a result of the extreme weather today and doesn't mean that we have huge window restoration bills looming.



28 comments:

  1. That leaky stained glass sounds a right pane/pain JayCee. It might mean the putty needs replacing. It's not been very nice here overnight and this morning down on the Irish Riviera.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Looks like the stormy weather has moved on now. Not as bad as Florida though, thank goodness. Those poor people.

      Delete
  2. Replies
    1. Thank you. The joys of owning an old, period property.

      Delete
    2. In my limited experience of 80 some year, water on the inside of a closed window is never going to heal itself.

      Delete
    3. That is a sad fact of life. It is going to need some TLC.

      Delete
  3. Oh dear, that doesn't sound too positive. Hopefully it was just the direction and force of the wind making them leak.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Let us hope so BB. Provided the leak is not causing any unseen damage, we can put up with the window sill puddles.

      Delete
  4. Sorry to hear about your window leakages. As for those rogue wheelie bins, you are best to avoid them. A gang of 'em once mugged me.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Some of those bins had to be tied down as they had become very antisocial.

      Delete
  5. Heavens, that's terrible. We get leaks too when strong rain comes from a certain direction. Doesn't happen often thank goodness. Hope yours was a one off

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. It's a darned nuisance. Old houses may look pretty but certainly involve more work.

      Delete
  6. Maybe P can just put a bit of caulk to seal up those windows better. Your heat and air must be leaking out too!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. It is just tricky finding where the weak spots are. So many fiddly little panes and joints.

      Delete
  7. A small squeeze of clear silicon in the right spots should solve your leaky windows, it's just a matter of finding them.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. He may end up going over all the joints.

      Delete
  8. Can you resolve the window issue by installing plain secondary glazing outside? Frisky? How do you describe a full on tempest?

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Unfortunately, as it is a Registered building we are not permitted to change any windows or doors or anything structural really.
      A full on tempest? Time to put your big coat on!

      Delete
  9. Sorry to hear about the leaky windows. I was going to suggest the same solution as Tigger, but as it's a Registered building it's unlikely to be allowed.
    Yesterday I read that the tail end of hurricane Ian, which has caused such disaster in Florida, was due to landfall in the north of the UK, so perhaps that's the weather you had.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I am not sure that Ian will have reached here yet. Still causing chaos across the pond I think.

      Delete
  10. Yikes about the windows. I will be curious to see how this is remedied. Follow up, please!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. OK Debby. Although I think it will be something of a firefighting exercise rather than a complete remedy.

      Delete
    2. I've been reading. https://adammsgallery.typepad.com/weblog/2020/03/leaking-leaded-glass-windows.html They strongly advise against silicone.

      Delete
  11. Your weather sounds a bit wintery JayCee. We are having beautiful Autumnal weather at the moment. Re your stained glass windows, sometimes ours have leaked a bit when the wind is in a certain direction. The stained glass in our front door once had a crack in it and we found a man who took the pane out and mended it. It's just one of the drawbacks of having an old property with original features ! XXXX

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks Jackie. Our weather has perked up these past couple of days with some lovely warm-ish sunshine but more rain to come tomorrow.
      I feel a little reassured that we are not alone with our small leaks. It is the first time it has happened since we moved in last December. P has identified the spot that may have caused it and has brushed a thin layer of clear exterior grade polyurethane varnish over the joint. Tomorrow and Wednesday should be a good test as we are expecting more gales and heavy rain.
      Just love autumn! XXX

      Delete
  12. Just enjoyed a Villages By The Sea episode on BBC2 about Laxey history and archaelogy.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I have just watched that on i-player. I did learn something new about Laxey's history and enjoyed watching it.

      Delete

Although I am quite used to talking to myself, any comments on my posts are very welcome, provided they are not abusive. I do reply to them so please check back. It's good to talk (!)