There are many different reasons to have storm windows. Whether you want something to act as a moisture barrier, heat retainer, or even as a sound proofer, making sure your storm window’s weep holes aren’t clogged can keep them from causing hidden water damage. Continue reading to see how to inspect storm windows and weep holes!
This is a Preventative Maintenance Task!
If you have windowsills that contain weep holes, make sure that they are working to their full potential. For instance, you don’t want them to be clogged or not draining correctly because that can result in wood rot to surrounding areas.
Tasks can be done by: Homeowner, Handyman, or Cleaning Company
Step 1 – Inspect Your Windows’ Weep Holes
- The easiest way to inspect weep holes and make sure they are draining correctly is to take a small glass of water outside and pour the water into your window’s sill/track area.
- After that, test if the water properly drains out of the weep hole.
- The reason you want it to drain is not to allow water to back up into the window sill and then drain through cracks into the wood below the window and rot out, causing damage.
- Supply List & Costs: a glass of water
Step 2 – Maintain Any Problem Areas
- If you see any debris inside or along the weep hole, take a dry cloth and clean it.
- If something clogs the weep hole, use pipe cleaners, a small screwdriver, stiff brush, or soft rag to get into any hard-to-reach areas.
- Once you unclog the weep hole, test it one more time to make sure it’s working correctly.
- Tool List: Screwdriver
- Supply List & Costs: Pipe cleaners, dry cleaning cloth
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