Leaking windows can leak both water and air. Two of the most common reasons why your windows are leaking are due to poor installation or a failed sealed unit. If you think your windows are leaking, never ignore the signs. Ignoring signs will lead to safety issues that not only can put you in a financial bind, but could also cause health problems.
If purchasing new windows isn’t in the cards for you at the moment, you could repair your leaking windows, however that won’t fix the issue. Your leaking windows is a problem, but it’s not the problem. Moisture built up on your windows is a symptom to something more significant. The only way to truly fix leaking windows and ensure that the windows won’t fail again is to replace them.
Some more common signs that your windows are leaking are:
1. High Energy Bills
Ever wonder why your neighbors, have lower utility bills, yet have the same type of home as you? A simple test to see if your windows are leaking, is to stand near them on a cold day. Does it feel cooler than the rest of your home? Is it cold to the touch? Your home’s warm air is being cooled down as soon as it gets within a few feet of your windows. This is telltale sign of needing new windows. Start Saving Money Today on Your Utility Bills! Get a FREE Home Energy Audit by Graves Bros. It will provide you with answers.
Are you seeing fog or condensation build up on your windows? Not all condensation is bad though, so you will need to analyze where it’s coming from. If your condensation is in between the two panes of glass, it’s your windows’ seal that’s the issue. This does not always mean that water is leaking into your home, but it does mean that your windows have lost their insulating gas—making them significantly less energy-efficient than they were when they were new. If the window sealant/caulking around the windows have cracked or have gaps, re-caulk around the window and keep an eye on it after a storm.
3. Window Operation
When you open and close your windows, is it a smooth operation? If it requires a bit of force and pressure to open or if they’re painted or swollen shut, it’s time to replace them.
4. Decaying Frames
Are your window frames decaying? Built up moisture can decay the frames and cause severe safety issues. If you notice that your window frames show signs of decay, you need to upgrade.
If you can hear a car drive by or coming from down the street, your windows may be leaking. Single-pane windows or even double-pane windows will transfer sound vibrations from the street into your home.
Window Leak Prevention Tips
The easiest way to prevent your windows from leaking is to ensure that they are installed properly the first time around. Proper window installation is as important as buying the best windows out there.
Installing windows with superior weather resistance features is key. Look for windows made with moisture-resistant materials, along with applying caulk on both sides of your window to prevent water from seeping in. This should help alleviate the problem.
Stopping Condensation on Your Windows
Do you find interior window sweat or condensation annoying and want the problem to go away? Below are ways to do just that.
- Turn Down the Humidifier because it releases less moisture into the air
- Buy a Moisture Eliminator
- Run the Bathroom and kitchen fans every time you bath or cook
- Circulate the air by turning on your ceiling fan
- Open your windows to release warm, moist air that’s inside your home
- Raise the temperature
- Add weather stripping
- Use storm windows
Exterior condensation is another annoyance that can be avoided by using Rain X on your exterior windows. Applying Rain X to the exterior glass can reduce exterior condensation. As it does for windshields, it makes the rain and snow gather together and run off of the window. If this technique does not work as well as you’d like, simply have patience. When the sun does come out, the condensation will evaporate.
One thing to keep in mind is, your windows may not be the only problem. If your windows are leaking water through the frame and/or sill, it’s most likely because the exterior seals have worn away.
If you are unsure of what exactly it is, call Graves Bros today! We will be able to tell you what the problems are and how to eliminate them.