How To Recognize And Fix Home Window Problems
If the windows in your home could talk, what would they tell you about the condition they’re in?
They actually are talking…if you’re listening. They are sometimes trying to tell you about some of the problems they’re having, most of which are common and often easily fixed.
Problems your windows could be trying to tell you about…
What is your window saying if there is condensation on the bottom or the corners of the glass?
There is too much moisture in your home and it needs to be better ventilated. If the problem goes unremedied, it can cause mildew, mold and wood rot on your window sills. If you have a newer home, chances are it has been built so air tight that any moisture from cooking, showering, or other sources will remain in your home and cause these issues.
Fix: Be sure to run your bathroom, laundry room, and kitchen fans, run a humidifier, or even simply open a window for about 15 minutes daily, which will not only release some of the moisture in the air, but will bring in some of the fresh outside air.
What is your window saying if there is a draft coming from it?
This is an indication that your window frame is leaking, causing your home to be less comfortable and your heating bill to be higher.
Fix: Drafty windows are typically due to worn or damaged weather stripping or caulking. If they are peeling off or have pieces missing, they need to be replaced. This is typically a simple fix, one that you or a handyman could do.
What is your window saying if water is leaking around it?
This could be something very simple, or it could be something more serious…
Fix: Begin by making sure your window is closed tightly. Then make sure it’s locked, which helps for a tighter seal. If that doesn’t fix the problem, or if the water is coming in from the top of the window, you may have a bigger problem…it could mean that water is entering your home from another place, traveling down the inside of the walls and exiting at a point of least resistance – the window. Your roof, siding or gutters could be the source of the problem and will need to be repaired.
What is your window saying if there is condensation between the window panes, or they look foggy?
This means that the seal between the panes has failed and the insulating gas between them has leaked out. Not only is this unattractive to look at, but it also compromises the insulation of your home and makes it more difficult to heat or cool.
Fix: In this case, in most cases, the window needs to be replaced.
What is your window saying if it won’t open or shut easily?
It could mean your window needs some maintenance…
Fix: You may need to replace the operator handle (an easy fix), or you may need to clean debris from the track, lubricate the track or lubricate or replace the weather-stripping (be sure to uses a dry lubricant, because an oil based lubricant will attract dirt, dust and grime.)
I don’t fix windows, but if your windows are dirty, give me a call!
I have been cleaning windows in the Seattle area for 30 years, and quite frankly, I enjoy it! I will be happy to answer all of your questions, and I know the window cleaning mistakes to avoid. I clean private homes or apartment complexes.