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22
Feb
2016

Window water leak signs to look out for


Water leaking through one or more of your home’s windows is every homeowner’s nightmare. It’s also troubling to note that these problems become most evident at the most inconvenient moment – during heavy or persistent rains. In order to solve such problems promptly, it’s important that you know what to look out for.

 

Signs of water damage:

If you have a wooden windowsill, you may notice the paint start to peel. While this can be the result of several possible causes, a water leak is a very high possibility. Look out for moisture in the area and other possible signs of water infiltration and damage.

 

Another sign to look for is paint peeling off the wall near the window. This usually indicates that water has found its way into the wall. The water in the wall causes the paint to bubble, peel, and other problems like mold can occur as a result.

 

With window frames are made from wood, you will need to keep a close eye on them and monitor for any signs of water damage or rotting wood. Once wood starts to degrade, there really is no going back. It will need to be replaced, and a full replacement will be required due to the extent of the damage.

 

Why take water leaks so seriously?

It’s important to take care of leaky windows sooner rather than later. The longer you wait, the worse the situation will become and the more costly the repairs. Not to mention the fact that the value of your home can take a substantial tumble if you let it fall into ruin.

Wood rot is dangerous in itself. Once water penetrates the wood, it becomes unstable. Mold loves to make itself at home in dark, warm, moist areas. Rotting wood is, therefore, the perfect breeding ground for various mold spores. Not only does this affect the appearance and odour of your home, but it also poses a serious health risk. Mold spores are commonly inhaled and can cause many different medical problems.

Dry walls can also be severely damaged by water as well as the overall structural stability of your home. Electrical issues can also result from water infiltration.

 

Important questions to ask yourself

When determining the presence and severity of a leaky window, you will need to ask yourself several questions:

  • - Does the window always leak or only when the rain is particularly heavy?
  • - Does the window only leak when the rain hits it from a certain angle or all directions?
  • - When did the window start leaking?
  • - Was there an event that possibly triggered the leak (like an intense storm, strong winds, or ice)?
  • - Has the leak remained the same or has it gotten worse?

 

If your window is damaged or leaking, give our expert team at NorthShield Windows and Doors a call. We will provide you with a free quotation in yourWinnipeghome, as well as any additional advice you may seek.

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