How to Check on Windows After Wet Winter Weather

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Old Man Winter had packed away his tricks for the year, and we are finally getting a taste of what spring has to offer. As homeowners dry out from months of wet weather in many regions, it’s time to take stock of any potential damage or leaks that might have developed over the winter months.

Of particular concern are home windows, which are an important source of energy retention and moisture repellent year-round. Here are several tips to inspect both windows and window frames for any leaks or damage.

Condensation on Your Windows

Condensation on windows is sending a message. What the window is trying to communicate will depend on the type of window and where the condensation lies. If there’s condensation along the bottom corner of the window, it means that there is a lot of moisture in your home and a mold issue could be present. Fortunately, this isn’t necessarily a problem with the window itself.

If there’s condensation between the panes of glass in a double or triple-pane window, however, there is a problem. This means that something in the window has failed and a replacement may be necessary. If, on the other hand, there is condensation on the center of the glass inside a double-pane window, there could be a gas leak which should be checked by your window repair company.

Water Leaking Around a Window

No one wants to have water coming into their home. If there’s rainwater leaking through windows, the first thing that to check is that the windows are closing properly. Close the window and make sure that the locking mechanism still works. If the windows are closed and still it still leaks, it’s possible that the issue isn’t the window at all. Rather it could be a roof or siding problem.

Inspect Windows for Drafts

Some windows have drafts or leaks that related to the failure of the seal between the window and the home. Inspect each of window for any damaged seals or cracked caulk. To be sure there is a draft, hold a tea candle up to the window while it’s closed and see if the flame flickers. If there are drafts in the seals, remove all of the damaged caulk, clean the frame, and then apply fresh caulk to reseal the window.

Inspect Window Sills and Frames

Whether a home is new construction or of the historic variety, wood can deteriorate quickly in some climates which can lead to leaking windows or mold issues. Inspect window sills and window frames for peeling paint and signs of rotted wood. If homeowners identify potential problems early, they will be much easier and more affordable to fix.

Test Each Window Operation

Sometimes windows or even a home’s wood framing will swell, making windows ill-fitting, leaky, and tough to operate. Upon completion of a spring window inspection, open and close each window to make sure that it is working properly. If the window it too tight or too loose, it’s possible that a change in humidity will fix the issue. Before waiting it out, carefully inspect the window and window track to make sure that there aren’t any obstructions or broken parts that need replacing.

Keeping a home in top shape is important to protect the investment and keep a family healthy. Moisture issues from leaky windows can result in mold if not addressed and most window problems are easy to fix if caught early.

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