Any kind of leak in the house needs to be corrected as early as possible. Window leaks are often not given proper attention because they seem so harmless, but this is not the case. In fact, the water damage that can result from a small leak can be devastating. For instance, the leak could ultimately lead to the destruction of your home’s structure, and your health may be put at risk when mold develops.
Window leaks can occur at several different points and you need to know each of them and how to handle them appropriately. Some of them may indicate minor repair issues. Others may signify the need for a replacement. The following post describes four of the most common window leaks and what you should do about them:
One sure sign of a problem is water leaks on and around the windows. This is also a problem that sometimes affects newly installed units as well. Why? Because, often leaks are not the result of the window installation, or the product itself. Most of the time, water seepage is a result of bigger structural issues, with the home.
Recognizing these leaks can help you determine whether your windows need to be replaced or repaired or whether the problem is with the house and you need to call a general contractor. Read more at Ecoline Windows…
Whenever there is a problem that is not the window itself, you need to contact a contractor that will advise you accordingly. This will help you get to the source of the problem and prevent future leaks.
Perhaps the next important question to ask is what has caused the window leak. The following post looks into a few possible causes in detail:
Causes of Leaky Windows
Improper installation: If your windows aren’t installed perfectly square, or the installer fails to seal them properly, you could end up with leaky windows before long.
Worn out caulk: Window caulk is usually the first thing to crack and deteriorate as time goes by. Look closely at where the window meets the frame and sill, and where the frame meets the wall. If you notice gaps or cracks, or you’re able to wiggle the sill, the caulk is deteriorating.
Wall leaks: Often mistaken for window leaks, wall leaks occur when the siding becomes damaged and allows water to enter. Look for stains on the ceiling, walls and top part of the window frame, all telltale signs of wall leaks. Read more at Weather Shield…
Wall leaks, as explained in the post above, can easily be mistaken for window leaks. The best way to deal with wall leaks is to try and establish where they originate. They could be caused by damaged siding, problems with the roofing, or even gutter problems.
A good roofing contractor will advise you accordingly after inspecting your roofing or siding systems. The following post explains how roof leaks and subsequent window leaks could develop from clogged gutters:
Why Do Backed Up Gutters Cause Roof Leaks?
Gutters are a water and moisture protection system for the fascia, siding, and foundation of your house. They collect rain runoff and carry it away from your house. However the system can become clogged and instead of carrying all that water away from house it will simply hold on to it and keep it right up against the edge of the roof. As your gutters start to overflow in a storm a small portion of the rain water can move upwards under the shingles and start pressing moisture into the plywood eventually causing it to rot. Read more at Upstate Window and Gutter Cleaning Inc…
Any water that does not follow the right path from the roof of your home is bound to cause destruction. As such, you need to be diligent by ensuring all your roofing systems are working properly. The gutter system, although often overlooked, is very critical to the welfare of your home, as described in the post above.
Whenever you notice a window leak, don’t be too quick to have the window replaced. Call a roofing contractor as he will be better placed to diagnose the source of the leak. If you live in Burke VA and are looking for a professional roofing contractor to assist with any damage to your roof or windows, call us today!