Queen City’s weather is famous for four mild seasons. Thankfully, here our average 43 inches precipitation is evenly distributed throughout the year. (Unless we are in the path of an occasional hurricane.)
And although we don’t have blizzards, we have never had a year without at least a dusting of snow. Our winter troubles come from a unique “wedge” phenomenon when a body of shallow cold air gets trapped against the mountains. Here, it creates the perfect conditions for ice buildup. The Carolinas have more ice storms here than just about any place in the country.
So whether our precipitation is gentle or dramatic, we can lose focus about window leaks. After the next big rain, check around the inside of your house and look for moisture coming in through the windows. Watch out for both the symptoms, causes, and risks of window leaks: cracked sealant, gutters, steaks on the paint, missing flashing.
Rotting wood is the biggest red flag of water damage. If water drops can get into the house when it rains, they also can lead to decay of the wooden surfaces. If the moisture stays in contact with wood and other porous building materials, your home can deteriorate and lead to structural issues.
Walls can get stains, streaks and become discolored as a result of water leaking around the windows. The paint can blister, bubble or even show mildew stains. In the short run, you could use a stain blocker type paint to cover it up. However, Restoration 1 of Greater Charlotte will address the cause of the leak, correct it, and then make all the repairs.
A consistent build up of condensation on the panes can occur where poor insulation allows warmer areas in the home to meet with cooler areas outside. This condensation supplies a continuous stream of water on the sills and frames.
Sealant and caulk should be continuous around the frames. Missing or cracked sealant or caulk will let in leaks when it rains. Additional leaks may not be from the windows, but from problems with the siding or the roof. Roof overhangs should divert the water away from the home. Fascia, the board above the window, should be angled away from the house.
Electrical hazards can be so dangerous. Rain coming in through the window can cause an electrical hazard if there is an outlet near the point of entry or where the water spills over to the flooring. Be careful about using any electrical outlets that have been near a leak. It is best to choose one away from the water to be safe. Ask an electrician to take a look at an outlet you think has been exposed to water before using it.
The other risk of water damaged windows is the spread of mold. As the water seeps into the home from the rain, mold spores start to grow 24-48 hours after the water intrusion. If you are sensitive or allergic to mold, you can have symptoms like: sneezing, coughing, itching, and trouble breathing.
Protect your home value and your family’s health. If you suspect water damage around your windows, take action now. Let Restoration 1 be your trusted partner. Restoration 1 provides immediate certified water damage restoration services in Greater Charlotte.
At Restoration 1, the team designs a plan for your home to ensure your property is 100% dry by using the best equipment in the industry.