Smart homes are far from being ubiquitous, so for the rest of us, we would still need to do it old-school and be alert to the things our home may be trying to tell us. Looking closely, your windows have certain signs that you should pay close attention to.
Let us share with you some of these signs and how to interpret them.
- Condensation Along the Glass Bottom or Corners – This indicates a high amount of moisture in your indoor air. The good news is that you don’t have to call a windows company yet, as it means your windows’ seals are functioning. However, too much moisture in the air can encourage mold and mildew growth and even cause wood items in your home to rot. Reduce the moisture in the air by opening a few windows for 15 minutes a day or by running a dehumidifier.
- Condensation Between Glass Panes – It means the seals have failed and you will need to have the window seals fixed or replaced soon. For inward-curving glass, the window may have been filled with an inert, non-toxic gas like argon (for enhanced insulation) which would have leaked at that point. We offer reliable replacement windows that are guaranteed not to leak.
- Hard-to-Operate Double-Hung Windows – This is typical of wood window frames, as the wood swells when it’s cold. The sashes can be carefully sanded or planed to make them slide easier, though take care not to remove too much wood. Spray any spring mechanisms with silicon lubricant or WD-40.
- Hard-to-Operate Casement Windows – Unlike most windows, cranks operate casements, which can get damaged through improper use. Some crank assemblies allow you to remove the cover and clean the mechanism. Lubricants can help, but if the problem persists, call a windows contractor immediately.
- Water is Leaking Around the Window – Water leaks during rainy days signify windows that won’t close tightly. Check the weatherstripping and make sure there are no breaks. If the windows appear to be working but rainwater is leaking, see if the water is coming from around the frames, as this indicates an installation problem, which can be easily solved if your windows have workmanship warranty. Otherwise, you may need to have your windows reinstalled or replaced.
Seamless Exterior serves Waterloo, IA and nearby areas. To know more about our options for replacement windows, call us today at (319) 243-3600 or fill out our contact form to request a quote or ask us a question.