Watertight Windows Required
Watertight windows are supposed to keep the moisture and cold air out of your home, but this isn’t always the case. Windows that leak water can lead to serious structural damage and the growth of mold. It’s important that you address the problem as soon as possible to protect your home and avoid the damage. Here’s what you should know about leaking windows.
Know the Warning Signs
Window leaks don’t always have little rivers of water coming down from beneath the trim. It’s entirely possible for the damage to remain hidden behind the wall for long periods of time. Leaking windows are usually the result of faulty installation or poor construction, so it’s important to look for the little warning signs that indicate a larger problem.
• Peeling paint on the wood window sill is a warning sign that moisture is getting in where it doesn’t belong.
• Visible moisture on the interior of the window or the area around it is a cause for concern. While some condensation will naturally occur in the right weather conditions, it should not happen on a nightly basis.
• Rotting wood on the exterior frame indicates that water is not draining away from the window the way it should.
Inspect and Care for Your Windows
If you have new widows, then you don’t have to do much beyond cleaning them. If you have older windows, then they need a little care. Ideally, the aging windows should be replaced and updated. If you don’t have the funds for new windows right now, then you can avoid leaks with some maintenance. Check the exterior caulk around the window panes regularly. If it’s cracking or pulling away, it should be removed and replaced with fresh caulk. If you have wood frames, keep them painted to protect the wood and avoid rot. These steps are time-consuming, but they’ll help you avoid leaks and moisture.
Water Damage Caused by Leaking Windows
The moisture coming into your home moves behind paint and through the structure of your home. It results in peeling paint, mold growth and structural damage. It can cause the framework of the house to slowly rot from the inside out. Floors are damaged as the water travels down the wall and along the floor. The sheetrock swells and cracks, leaving unsightly marks on the walls, and hardwood trim is damaged from the constant water intrusion. The damage can only be repaired by removing siding and replacing building materials.
Suspect Water Damage
When you suspect water damage from a leaking window, it’s important to use a two-pronged approach to the repairs. You need the window serviced or replaced immediately to stop the leak, and you need the existing damage repaired to restore the home. Certified Priority Restoration specializes in water damage and can help you get your home back in order. If you suspect a leak but aren’t sure where the exact problem is, they can help you by determining where the water is coming from and outlining your options. If you are interested in learning more about the effects of water and moisture on your home or business property, or how to remove water and dry out a flooded building, you are invited to contact Certified Priority Restoration at 561-847-3495 in Palm Beach County or 954-874-8016 in Broward County.