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DIY Window Leak Repair

DIY Window Leak Repair


Are you one of the many people who just hope that you’ll never have a problem with a leaky window because you don’t consider yourself a ‘home handyman’ type? Well, you can rejoice because it’s not really hard to do and this article will clear up some, if not all, of the mystery for you so that you can do it if and when the time comes…. that’s right. Your own DIY Window Leak Repair Course!

First of all….. expect that sooner or later you will have some windows that leak. It just happens. So you have to know how to look for leaks.
You should check the interior and exterior of your home around all your windows at least twice a year. Look for peeling or damaged caulking or paint. If that’s the problem (hopefully it is) then all you have to do is remove the old caulk and put the new caulk in. That’s basically it.

If you don’t see any obvious signs of leaking, then you’re probably OK. But if you still suspect the window is leaking somewhere then you’ve got to investigate other possibilities. That involves moving on deeper into the sealing apparatus of the window.

In some cases, windows (or doors too) will have a gasket between it and the frame it fits in. If so, clean it well and then give it a good inspection. If it looks damaged or you suspect it is damaged, then you’ll just need to either remove it or install a new one or, in some cases, you can actually seal the seal itself.

If you get the feeling that the seal between the window and the frame it sits in is not watertight, you can simply use a silicon seal (available in tubes at home supply stores) to re-seal it.

If, for whatever reason, you don’t think that’s the problem the next thing to look for is the pitch (i.e. the incline) of the ‘sill’ (i.e. the bottom part) of the window. That’s where moisture drains and sometimes this sill is angling the moisture inwards rather than outwards where you actually want the water to go. You should also use a screwdriver or ice-pick to probe the wooden area there to see if it’s soft or mushy. If so, that tells you that it’s absorbing moisture. If that’s the case then it might not be too late to just clean and re-seal it with some sort of waterproof sealant.

If, on the other hand, you suspect that the wood or masonry in that part of the window is somehow compromised, then it’s probably a good idea to call an experienced handyman or contractor to come look at it. But as long as you’re inspecting your windows on a regular basis, you’re probably going to catch window leak problems in time to fix it yourself.

The earlier you do it, the easier DIY window leak repair is.