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Caulking Your Windows- What NOT To Do

29 April 2013

This post is fueled by a personal story.  I recently started the process of purchasing a condo. At the inspection I found that the beautiful wood windows in the living i14room were rotted on the bottom two inches. And by rotted I mean wet to the touch and squishy- NEVER a good sign! This happened because of a silly mistake the previous homeowners had made. While making the home more energy efficient they caulked the bottom of the storm window. This meant that water could get in through the screen  but not drain back out the window

Don’t make the same mistake! Caulking is a great spring time home improvement activity. It is a cheap and easy way to reduce air leaks in your home. Follow these instructions given by the Department of Energy, and remember DO NOT caulk the bottom of the storm window. This will allow water to escape back out of the window and avoid rotten windows.

Happy Spring!

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