One area of your home that may have endured a significant impact is your windows. Heavy rain, strong winds, flying debris, or hail make your windows vulnerable to damage during a storm, especially in Massachusetts. During the immediate post-storm phase, it is important to have your windows inspected. Here, we’ll talk about the window damage checklist after a storm:
Immediate Post-Storm Actions
Before proceeding, wear appropriate protective gear, such as gloves and sturdy shoes. Begin by checking for visible damage inside your home. If there is broken glass, use boards or plywood to cover the openings temporarily. See if there are any water intrusions or leaks around the windows, and watch for water stains on walls, ceilings, or window sills, as they may indicate further damage. Remember that safety comes first. If you encounter extensive or dangerous damage, it is best to contact a professional window contractor or a certified home inspector to conduct a more thorough assessment.
Exterior Window Inspection
When conducting an exterior window inspection after a storm, start by standing safely from the windows and visually inspecting each one. Inspect nearby surfaces for debris or objects that may have caused damage during the storm. Check for any warping or misalignment of the window frames. Assess whether the windows are correctly seated and aligned within their boundaries. Inspect the seals around the window frames for any visible damage or gaps. Damaged seals can lead to drafts and water leaks during future storms. Evaluate the weather-stripping condition around the windows’ edges and replace any damaged weather-stripping to maintain proper insulation. If your windows have storm shutters or protection systems, check for damage and evaluate their effectiveness during the storm. Inspect the area directly under the windows for signs of water leaks. Check for water damage or dampness on interior walls near the windows.
Interior Window Inspection
When performing an interior window inspection after a storm, examine each windowpane for cracks, chips, or breakage from the inside. Look closely to identify any hidden damage that may not be immediately apparent. Look for water stains or discoloration on walls around the window area. Inspect the window sill for signs of water accumulation, as this could indicate water infiltration. Test each window by opening and closing them to check for smooth movement. Pay attention to any unusual resistance or difficulty in operating the windows. Evaluate the functionality of window locks, latches, and handles to ensure they are secure and working correctly. Hold a lighter or a piece of paper near the edges of the closed window to detect drafts. Address any air leaks promptly to maintain energy efficiency.
Is It Time to Replace Your Windows?
Whether it’s an exterior or interior inspection, assessing your windows thoroughly can help identify any issues that might have arisen during the storm. If you encounter extensive or hazardous damage to your windows from the last heavy storms, it’s best to seek professional assistance like Jancon Exteriors to conduct a more thorough assessment.