Although we’re the Sunshine State, we do get quite a bit of rain in Florida, particularly during the May-October hurricane season. That’s when window water leakage can become a real headache!
Why is My Window Leaking?
A window leaking from the top usually means there’s a crack or opening in the wall that’s letting water in. If there are brown, circle-shaped water stains inside the top of the frame, water is already collecting inside the wall.
Window leaks from between the frame and the jamb are also probably due to a structural problem with the surrounding wall.
In these cases, the windows are probably OK, but you’ll need to inspect outside and see where there are cracks on the outer part of the building.
Old windows will often warp and leak at the bottom of the casing, although this will also happen in newer windows when there is structural damage to the wall around it.
If water comes in from the areas where the glass meets the frame, it could be that the installation wasn’t done properly or the materials are defective — that’s why you always want a warranty!
Don’t Wait to Fix Leaking Windows
You probably don’t need us to tell you that leaking windows only get worse but it is worth repeating.
If it’s a storm impact window, contact the installer about getting it fixed because it may still be under warranty. If this isn’t possible, get a reputable, professional repair service that guarantees its work.
Window’s Leaking Now? Damage Control!
If you’re reading this because it’s raining and you just discovered a window leak, you need damage control, now. Get a sponge or towel or other cloth and fit it as tightly as possible into the leak to absorb rainwater. Put a bucket under the window. You may have to replace whatever you’re using to absorb water if it becomes drenched.
How to Seal Windows From Water Leaks
Sealants don’t last forever and can be damaged by extreme temperature changes as well. If you’re certain that the leak is due to the weak sealant, this isn’t terribly difficult to fix yourself. Here are a few tips:
- Remove damaged caulk or weather stripping and thoroughly clean and dry the area around and inside the window.
- Since this is Florida, be careful to look for evidence of brown recluse spiders or southern black widows residing nearby.
- Be sure the “weep holes” in the frame bottom are clear. A paper clip will open them up.
If you’re using caulk, use the clear kind.
- First, caulk any holes you find, then work on the area between the frame and the wall to contain any further water damage.
- Most people agree a caulking gun gives you more control and makes the job easier than the squeeze-type applicator.
- Use a wet finger or popsicle stick to smooth the calk and wipe away excess.
If you’re using weather stripping, be careful to cut the strips that make a tight fit and press in place as firmly as possible.
We Provide Guaranteed, Professional Impact Window Repair
We fix impact windows regardless of who installed them and yes, we guarantee our work.
We reseal windows and repair plaster and stucco around them that are often the cause for leaks. Storms, building settle, or the occasional earthquake or absent-minded driver all cause structural damage that leads to window leaks.