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How to tell if your windows are leaking

March 23, 2016

There are few things more concerning than a leaky window. It’s not just about the water getting inside your home, but also the damage it causes to the window and the structure of your home. The key is to identify these problems promptly so that they can be resolved sooner rather than later. The longer you wait, the more time you give the rain to cause further damage.

 Signs to look for:

Wooden windowsills will show signs of water damage really early. If you notice the paint start to peel, you might want to check for water infiltration. There are some other potential causes for peeling paint, so it’s good to rule out water leaks first. Take a look at the window and frame for any wet spots. If the wood is soaked, then you know that water is getting in somehow.

It’s also a good idea to look for paint peeling near the window. Inspect the walls and check if they are at all wet. Once water penetrates the wall, it will work its way to the surface, and this is what causes the paint to lift up and peel. Wet walls and window frames can also start to develop mold if they are left unchecked. Not only does this result in bad smells and an unattractive window area, but it can also present health risks.

Wood is most vulnerable to the effects of water which is why so many people choose to replace their wooden frames with vinyl windows. In instances of such damage, it’s a good idea to call in the professionals. Not only will the perform the installation, but they can also look for any additional damage and make appropriate recommendations.

What makes this a serious problem:

Windows that leak water will also allow air infiltration. This means that they are not as energy efficient as they should be. They will allow cold air in during the winter and warm air in during the summer.

Poorly maintained windows will also affect the value of your home. If you allow water infiltration to go unchecked, your home could suffer anything from minor to major damages. These damages can become quite costly to repair – not to mention the inconvenience!

If your home is fitted with dry walls, they are often the most affected by water, and they soak moisture up like a sponge. This can seriously affect your home’s structural stability, and electrical issues can also occur as a result.

Question time:

If you suspect leaky windows, you should ask yourself the following important and revealing questions:

–    Is the window prone to leaks or only during heavy rains?
–    Has the leak gotten worse over time or remained the same?
–    Is the window always leaky or only when the rain hits it from a particular angle?
–    When did the leaking start?
–    Did anything happen that could have triggered the leak? Think of such possibilities such as a storm, heavy ice, or strong winds that could have caused window damage.

If one or more windows in your home are giving you trouble, call Alma Windows and Doors today at (416) 661-9915 for a free in-house estimate and professional advice!

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