Spring is almost upon us and while that eradicates all cold weather and debilitating snow, there's still some maintenance to be done. We were hit with massive storm after massive storm over the past three months which means there's surely some exterior damage that needs to be patched up before enjoying the warm weather. One of the first tasks homeowners should complete is inspection of your CT doors and CT windows. Those are the gateways that stop air and water leaks that can lead to expensive energy and repair bills. Luckily, these inspections are relatively easy to do. Here's how you can give your home a checkup.
Checking for Air Leaks
Home air pressure tests suck outside air into the home to reveal air leaks that increase energy bills. When inspecting your windows and other openings, seal the house by locking every window, door and skylight available. Then, close all vents and dampers and turn on all kitchen and bath exhaust fans. Use a burning incense along all openings to pinpoint any air rushing in from outside.
Checking for CT Windows Problems
Gaps in frames, deteriorating caulking, closures that aren't fully closed and rotting are a few ways air and water can seep through a closed window. Give your CT windows a shake - if it rattles, the frames are not secure and heat and air conditioning can leak out and rain can seep in. Use caulk and a few trusty nails to secure the surrounding framing. Also, look thoroughly. If you can see the outside from all around the window, there are gaps. Seal these air gaps using caulk and weather-stripping around the frames.
Checking CT Doors for Leaks
If you can see brown stains on walls near the door, water is invading the area and air is escaping. Cut a small hole into the drywall to check for wetness which would indicate rotting or gaps. Cracks also weaken a door's ability to stop air leaks and any incoming water intrusion. Inspect the weather stripping for any peeling, and make sure the hinges are tight, and your CT doors fit securely into the thresholds.