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How to Spot Air and Water Leaks From Your Doors and Windows

Energy efficiency is one of the things that homeowners value the most nowadays. This is because an energy-efficient home allows them to save on their utility bills and what they saved can be set aside for more important things in the future. With that in mind, it’s vital that you inspect windows and doors every now and then to see if they’re susceptible to air and water leaks. Thankfully, this is a fairly simple thing to do.

How to Spot Air and Water Leaks From Your Doors and Windows

In this post, Renewal by Andersen® of Austin discusses how you can check your windows and doors for air and water leaks.

Doors

Whether it’s your entry door or french doors, a poorly maintained door can cause air and water leaks in your home. Luckily, there’s a step-by-step method where you can check if your doors are experiencing air and water leaks. The first thing you should do is to check them for cracks that can weaken their air and water leak prevention properties. Whether it has cracks or not, you can also check the weatherstripping for any peels and gaps. A weak weatherstrip can easily cause unwanted air to enter your home and cause water to seep in. 

The final thing you can check on your door are the hinges; tight hinges allow your doors to securely fit the thresholds and prevent leaks. However, if your door has loose hinges, it not just brings the risk of falling over but the aforementioned leaks as well. If you happen to see any of these problems, contact a professional to repair your door immediately.

Windows

When it comes to preventing air and water leaks from your windows, you have to be more proactive. This is because unlike your doors the air and water that can seep from your window gaps can rot the frame, deteriorate the caulking and even crack the glass. Like doors, you can take a step-by-step procedure in determining if your windows do have air and water leaks. 

The first thing you can do during the inspection is to give them a shake; if they rattle, it means the frame isn’t secure and will allow heat and cool air to leak out while water can seep in. Another potential cause of the leaks are gaps in the window and cracks on the panes. As always, it’s better that you call a professional, such as the ones from Renewal by Andersen, to fix any of these issues as quickly as possible.

To have a new set of sliding patio doors installed in your home, look no further than Renewal by Andersen of Austin. We are your leading provider of various window styles and door installation services. Give us a call at (512) 298-2270 or fill out our contact form to request a free estimate. We serve homeowners in Austin, TX, and other nearby areas in the state of Texas.

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