Regular Check-Up and Maintenance on Your Windows and Doors in Eau Claire, Wisconsin
When you first purchase a home, you do a pretty detailed walk through of the home to ensure everything is in good condition. Depending on when you moved in, it might have been awhile since you checked out your home with that same detailed look.
Now that the colder weather has passed in Eau Claire, take some time to go through your home and inspect your windows and doors to check for any glaring maintenance issues. It’s quick, easy and it might save you money by catching areas that need maintenance.
Read through some tips from Pella in Eau Claire to help you conduct regular maintenance on your windows and doors:
- Inspect the
interior and exterior finishes – Check on the condition of the finish
around your windows and doors. Is the paint or stain in presentable
condition? Flaking and peeling are signs that you may need to
refinish the unit.
- Look at
exterior surfaces – Condensation and water penetration can cause
cracking, deteriorated wood or other damage. Look
for signs of moisture. You should also check the walls,
floors and ceilings for discoloration.
- Find the
source of any problems – If you view any discoloration or signs of moisture;
try to find out what’s causing the issue.
Discolored wood around a window might be caused by a leak some
distance away. In the case of roof leaks, sometimes the water may
run down the inside of the wall and reach the window.
- Clean window
sills and tracks – Dirt and debris such as leaves, insects and sand can build
up in your window sills. Open the windows and clean out the tracks
with a soft brush. Make sure this is also done on your patio doors. Debris can decrease
the performance of your windows by letting
air enter the home.
- Open and
close windows to check on sliding – If it feels like your windows are sliding unevenly when you open and close
them, try a non-oily lubricant such as paraffin wax on the opposing finishes to
get it back on track.
weather stripping – All your windows and doors have weather stripping, and well,
weather can take its toll. Look for any
loose strips that need to be reattached or swap out
sections that are torn.
locking mechanisms – Locks not only keep people out of your home, but they also help with ensuring your windows and doors are tight. This helps to keep
out rain, wind, insects and even the hot air. Make sure they are doing
their job properly.
- Look at caulking and sealants – Rain, water and extreme sunlight can be rough on exterior sealants and caulking. Remove any damaged material around your doors and windows and reapply sealant.
If you see any signs of concerns with your home’s windows or doors, or you want to talk with a pro, call to speak with a Pella representative or visit the showroom in Eau Claire.