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All About Water Damaged Windows And Doors

Feb 29, 2008
Our residences may be one of, if not the most important investment that may make in our entire lifetime. Preventing harm to our home is a vital factor in retaining its worth. One of the biggest things that can make the most problems for the house is water damage. Water issues may come from several individual occurrences.

Although some of us may frequently look at our water pipes and house tops for signs of occurring water issues, there are several areas we might completely overlook until it becomes obvious. These areas are often our windows and doors. Other than the roof and exterior sides of the home, the doors and windows are exposed to more water a lot of the time because of weather.

With most of the doors on our home, which we open and close regularly, water issues might not go unnoticed for very long, but with less used doors and windows that are seldom opened, water destruction may occur gradually over time and evade our awareness completely. It is vital to add doors and windows to that routine check list if they are not on it already.

So, what action do you take if you find a window or door that water is causing destruction to? That depends on how much devastation has already happened. When doors are exposed to excessive moisture or streaming water, if the door is wood, it will eventually make the door or its frame swell. This will gradually make the door stick or prevent it from opening and closing properly.

Water may be dripping down the exterior wall and getting on the door in bad weather. You must discover the problem and remedy whatever is necessary to prevent it. It might cause rusting on metal doors and frames with time. Some prevention is much better than letting the problem go and having to purchase a brand new and jam.

Windows exposed to water could cause similar issues. Damaged gutters will many times be the fixture that exposes your doors and windows to extra water. With wooden windows, damage might occur pretty fast. They also could swell shut and not open at all.

Caulking that is old will shrink up and turn loose from the building, window panes, and doors and allow water in around edges. Maintaining these places that need caulking is a must. Be sure you use the right caulking for outdoor surfaces.

It is especially made for weather proofing and repelling water. It stops it from getting in around the installation areas. Vinyl windows also need to be caulked at the installation areas too. It may take longer to damage a metal window or door, but it will still need to be fixed or replaced if it rusts out.
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