At one point in time, every window will leak. The key is to replace it or seal it before it happens and creates a problem. When water leaks out, it can cause mold and mildew. One of the major problems with a leaking window is that the water can leak into the walls and mold and mildew could be growing without you ever knowing it. A casual inspection may not fully show how much water is able to get in your home, which is why you need to have a complete process in line to determine if you have a leak and where it is coming from. Here are some tips to help you diagnose a window leak.
Check for Damaged Caulk
The caulk around your windows helps create a polished look while also serving to help keep air and water from getting in the home. In order to determine if you have a leak coming through the window, you first want to look at areas where there is damaged caulk. If you find an area where there is damaged caulk, you want to remove the caulking altogether and clean the frame. Then, replace the caulk around the windows to ensure a tighter seal.
Inspect the Frame
Another way to tell if you have a possible leak is by checking out the frame on the window. If you see any light coming through the seals, then this is a good indication that water too could seep into the home. Any gaps where light can enter into the home except for through the glass are areas where water can get in. You want to be sure to replace the window or seal it up so that there are no gaps between the glass and frame.
Look for Decayed Wood
Many frames around windows are made of wood. In order to find a possible leak, you want to look for damp or decayed wood along the frame. You can prod the window frame with a screwdriver to see how soft the wood is. You should also take note that the bottom of the frame is pitched in order to catch any water. If not, this could mean that water could be leaking into the walls.
Find Any Condensation
If you have a double-paned window, then it is very likely that any water leaking in can get in between the two panels of glass. If you start to see condensation building up in between the window panes then you will need to check the gasket on the frame. This too will require the caulking to be replaced so that it seals the windows tightly.
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