Is the ceaseless dripping of your leaky windows annoying you or, worse, making a soggy mess of your home? Window leaks occur for countless reasons, including poor installation or natural aging, which regrettably cause the sealing components of your windows to breakdown over time. Don’t let leaky windows keep you up at night! Stay tuned as we delve into the nitty-gritty of window leakage, helping you determine the causes and find the right solutions, so you can finally put a stop to the drip drop once and for all.
Common Causes of Window Leaks
While windows are designed to last for a considerable amount of time, they are also constantly exposed to outdoor elements and will ultimately receive some natural wear and tear throughout the years. Unfortunately, this damage can commonly result in the form of leaks. Here are some other leading causes of window leakage:
- Faulty glass seals – If you’re finding water or condensation between the panes of glass in your windows, it’s likely that they have a bad glass seal. While this doesn’t necessarily mean that your windows are allowing volumes of water to seep into your home, it does mean that your windows have lost their ability to properly insulate and may be harboring the beginnings of mold and mildew growth.
- Bad window sealant – The caulking, or sealant, used to ensure a watertight seal along the frame of your windows can rot over time. This can lead to cracks or gaps in the frame which can allow water to infiltrate.
- Improper window installation – To ensure that they are seamlessly fitted to your home, replacement windows must be properly installed. An improper installation could lead to a plethora of issues, including leaks.
- House design – If your home lacks soffits or the overhangs needed to help water drain off of your roof, then your windows could suffer. Updating your gutter system can help correct this issue, angling the fascia outward to direct water away from the unit.
Whatever the cause, you should never ignore leaky windows. If you notice water droplets along the interior of your windows after a storm or have found the markings of water stains near your window frames, chances are your windows have joined the leaky club.
How to Fix Your Window Leaks
Understanding the cause behind your window leak is the first step to correcting the issue. Once you’ve narrowed the causes, try to determine where the leak is coming from, this will tremendously help the process of correcting the issue. Some simple maintenance work that you can try to perform yourself include:
- Removing the damaged caulking, cleaning the window frame, and then recaulking the window.
- Checking to make sure the sill at the bottom of the window frame is pitched at a downward angle. This will ensure that water is not pooling along the frame.
- Carefully cleaning any dirt and debris from weep holes – small holes located on the bottom edge of your window frames – to help water that comes through the screen drain. Using a small wire might simplify this task.
The easiest way to prevent your windows from leaking is to ensure that they are properly installed by a certified and experienced window replacement company. Tundraland is one of those professionals and has proudly served residents in the Wisconsin area for decades. Whether you end up seeking a professional window replacement company or are able to successfully fix the leaks yourself, keep all of these tips and tricks in mind. Asking your hired contractor, or yourself, why the window is leaking and where the leaking is coming from, are helpful tools for finding an effective solution – even if that solution is a complete window replacement.