We don’t often talk about the basement area when it comes to doors and windows. If left unchecked it, can be a hot spot for drafts, moisture and leaks. It is important to check over these areas and make the appropriate repairs.
These two largest areas of access should be checked at least once a year. Start by inspecting the frame around the door, is it still tight or are you seeing some warped areas or evidence that it may be pulling away from the door itself? Also note the wear to weather stripping or caulking. Replacing these can be a smart, cost effective solution. Safely check for air leaks by lighting an incense stick and gently move it around the doors frame. Note any areas that blow the smoke.
Check for any water damage as well. Look for discoloration, sagging paint around the area or the presence of mold. Mold can be tricky to identify at times, look for small white or black dots or give the area a sniff test.
Egress or Window Wells
Designed for basements that are below ground level, these windows allow light, drainage and air circulation. Over time they are often the culprits of leaks and drafts. Make sure you are cleaning out leaves and debris a few times a year. If left go, the build up can put undo pressure on the window. A window well cover can help deter build-up, but one heavy summer storm can still wreak havoc if they are already seeing damage. It can be hard to determine if the window or the well itself is leaking or damaged, best to consult a professional to determine what may need repairs.
Dryer Vented Windows
Proper ventilation of your dryer is important to the dryers function and for releasing moisture and heat. As with any window, it is a good idea to check and maintain if leaks or gaps are seen.
Typically found on ground level, these windows allow light and fresh air flow to the basement. As with doors, these windows should be checked for air leaks, water damage or gaps near and around the frame. If you use your basement as a living area, efficiency is important, as the area may be heated or cooled.
Choosing the right doors and windows can make all the difference in lighting, air flow and temperature. If you need help choosing replacements, our office staff is here to assist you in choosing replacements.