SPRINGTIME WINDOW MAINTENANCE
Security and insulation are provided by your home's windows and doors. They can, however, be used as entry sites for unwelcome air and moisture. You should inspect your windows and doors on a regular basis to avoid leaks. Otherwise, you may end up paying a lot of money in future repair and energy costs. Here are a few easy ways to check your windows at home:
1. Inspection Inside and Outside
The first step is to carefully inspect your windows. Examine the window finishes from the outside. Is there any rust or spots? Do you have any flaking or peeling? Is everything operating properly? Look for broken or shattered glass, as well as damaged frames. On the inside, do the same thing. Water leaks can cause discoloration on walls, sills, floors, and ceilings. If you see any substantial damage, you should take action as soon as possible.
2. Check Tracks for Dirt or Debris
By opening the windows, inspect the tracks for sand, leaves, dirt, and debris. Contaminants in the track can affect the airtightness of your windows. Remove it with a vacuum or a soft putty knife. Use a silicone spray to lubricate the tracks on your windows and doors. As you practice the process, keep an eye out for uneven sliding or sticking. If a window doesn't open smoothly, the frame could be twisted or broken.
3. Test the Locks and Latches
You should also inspect your windows' locks and latches to ensure that they are secure. A broken lock could put you in danger, especially if you need to escape through a window in an emergency. So, if your locks become stuck or stop working properly, you should have them repaired or replaced.
4. Check Caulk and Weather Stripping
A system of seals and weather stripping improves the effectiveness of your windows. Check for degradation in these areas and replace any shredded, worn, or torn-away parts.
5. Inspect and Clear Weep Holes
You may have noticed little holes on the bottom border of your window frame. These weep holes act as drains for your window frames, allowing moisture to escape while still allowing air to pass through. Water will seep into the wood of the sill if these weep holes become plugged, producing rot and mold.
6. Watch for Water Damage
Water damage can be identified by discoloration, stains, peeling paint, and twisted frames. If you find signs of water damage inside or outside your home, you should look into the cause and have it fixed as quickly as possible.
7. Test for Air Leaks
Finally, inspect your windows for any leaks. Turn off the heat and air conditioning, as well as any ceiling fans. Turn on the exhaust fans and close all of your home's outside windows and doors. After that, run a candle or incense stick along the window and door frames. The flame or smoke dragging towards you indicates an air leak. Leaks are common in windows older than 15 years, indicating that it's time to replace them.