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Monthly View of Windows and Doors for Water Damage

Mar 18, 2008
Our residences are often one of, if not the most substantial investment that we make in our entire lifetime. Stopping harm to our home is an essential factor in protecting its value. A major thing that can make the most problems for a house is water damage. Water issues may happen from several individual things. Although the biggest part of us may regularly inspect our water lines and house tops for signs of possible water situations, there are numerous places we might miss all together until it becomes obvious. These areas are sometimes our windows and doors. Other than the house top and exterior walls of our home, the doors and windows are exposed to more water a lot of the time because of weather such as snow, sleet, and above all, rain.

With the doors on the home, which we go in and out of regularly, water exposure may not go unnoticed for long, but with less used doors and windows that are seldom opened, water devastation might take place slowly over time and evade our attention all together. It is necessary to add windows and doors to that regular check list if they are not on it already.

What do you do if you locate a door or window that water is causing destruction to? That depends on how much devastation has already taken place. If doors are exposed to excessive moisture or dripping water, if the door is wood, it might cause the door or its frame to swell. This will sooner or later cause the door to stick or prevent it from opening and closing correctly. You must find the problem and fix whatever is needed to stop it. It may cause rusting on metal doors and frames over long periods of time. Prevention is much better than to delay fixing the problem and having to reinstall an entire door and jam.

Windows exposed to water may create similar destruction. Damaged gutters will many times be the cause that exposes your windows and doors to extra water. With wooden windows, devastation could take place fairly quickly. They also might swell shut and refuse to open at all.

Caulking that is old can slowly shrink up and turn loose from the building, window panes, and doors and allow water in around edges. Keeping these places maintained that need caulking is essential. Make sure you use the correct caulking for outside surfaces. It is especially made for weather proofing and repelling water. It stops it from getting in around the installation areas. Metal windows also have to be caulked at the installation areas too. It might take longer to damage a metal door or window, but it must still be fixed or replaced if it rusts out.
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Dror Klar is a writer and promoter of quality Repair and Restoration.
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