Asked on Nov 12, 2017

It is dripping wet between the storm door and the inside door! help!

by Donna
As it gets colder it can even be frozen solid on the glass. I get my arm wet as I hold the storm door open to lock it. How can I stop this? Thank you!

  7 answers
  • Laura Laura on Nov 12, 2017

    you need to chase down that leak, caulk it and then you can buy flashing to put over the door to direct water outside the glass. If it’s brick house , you may need mortar work. Just go to Home Depot or Lowes and ask the guy in that dept (doors) for an over the door flashing idea. They are usually pretty good. You just screw them on after predrilling the aluminum frame for screw holes. Power tools dont know a woman is holding them 😉

    • Donna Donna on Nov 13, 2017

      Thanks!! I appreciate your input. I love your power tool comment.

  • Gol13894973 Gol13894973 on Nov 13, 2017

    check your weatherstripping around your inside door and you storm door . Sounds like you have heat leaking from the inside of your home.

    • Donna Donna on Nov 13, 2017

      Thanks! The weatherstripping was all new so I thought it was okay. I will check more thoroughly. I appreciate your input.

  • Steven Steven on Nov 13, 2017

    Water or sweating as it sometimes called occurs when hot and cold air mix without a vapor barrier, like plastic sheeting. If you have a large amount of ice coating on the inside of the storm door then there would be reason to think that you might have a more significant source of moisture, such as a leak from above the door. Does your door have any missing weather stripping? If so replace it. You can also try caulking the joints between the side casings of the door and the exterior siding, and make sure that there is flashing above the top casing. There should also be caulk between the storm door's frame and the door casing. You can remove the frame, run a bead of caulk, then replace the frame.

    Also check any siding and windows that are above this door. Make sure they too are weather tight. If any water gets in through any open joint into the wall above the door it can make its way down through the wall to the door area.

  • Gol13894973 Gol13894973 on Nov 13, 2017

    Do you have an overhang over your door or a covered porch?

  • Sharon Sharon on Nov 14, 2017

    I agree is there an awning, porch, etc over the door? does it need caulking or a flashing where it meets the house? Is the door trim caulked?

    Is there a gutter over the door? is the gutter cleaned out and draining properly? Is it caulked along the roof line/soffit?

    If you don't have an awning over the door, you might want to add one...

  • Cookedpig Cookedpig on Nov 14, 2017

    it's a flashing problem, it was more likely lead and was replaced with something else, the lead is thicker andhold up better

  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on May 10, 2021

    Hello Donna,

    You need a canopy over doors so you don't get wet!