Windows of your home are meant to protect you against the elements. But as they wear out and break down, they eventually develop leaks. At some point, it will become necessary to invest in replacement windows in Phoenix, AZ. And because new windows are such a large investment, it is in your best interest to not be caught off guard by substantial leaks. Instead, it is better to spot the problems and start planning early. Here are the things to watch for:
You might notice a draft because of a significant temperature difference near your windows. Or you might hear air coming through on a windy day. But most often drafts can go undetected for months, or even years. Fortunately, you can perform a simple test for drafts. Close all of the exterior windows and doors of the home. Turn on all of the exhaust fans. Then run a match or incense stick around the window and door frames. If the smoke noticeably pulls towards you, then you probably have a draft. And drafts can allow both air and moisture inside your home.
Stains and Discoloration
Other small signs to watch for include stains and discoloration around your windows and doors. Moisture damage can appear yellow, brown, or copper as moisture seeps into materials and dries. They may be faint at first but will get worse with time.
When moisture comes in contact with drywall and untreated wood these materials can act like a sponge, soaking it up. And as the materials leach up water it can produce a distinctly damp or musty odor. It might not be noticeable at first, but as the problem progresses and bacteria becomes an issue, the smell will get more pronounced.
The reason leaks often produce a foul odor is because of bacteria and mold growth. This is especially true in moist, warm areas where moisture tends to linger—like a basement or crawlspace. In minor cases, you can try to clean away any signs of mold and eliminate it with the right cleaning products. But if the leak occurs inside the walls you may not notice it until the mold has gotten out of hand and poses a hazard to your health.
Peeling Paint or Wallpaper
Paint and wallpaper can also sop up moisture after prolonged exposure. When wet these materials will lose adhesion, bubble up, and warp. Then, if the moisture dries up, it can leave the paint flaking away from the wall. It may not seem like a major problem at first, but if the leak is not repaired the results could be disastrous.
Warping Walls or Damaged Floors
During a particularly wet season, an ongoing leak could produce enough water to seep into the substructures of your home.
Perhaps the most obvious sign of a leak is water accumulation. If you notice water pooling around or under your windows then you need to start investigating to find out where the leak is coming from.
Leaky windows may start out small but can quickly become a major problem. Do not wait to contact Freelite Inc. for replacement windows in Phoenix, AZ.