Earlier this week (on Monday, February 20th to be exact), the volume of rainfall in the City of San Francisco officially passed the full season normal of 23.65″. This is quite significant as the annual rain season runs from July 1st to June 30th. With over 4 months left in the 2016-17 season, the total levels of rainfall will likely be historic.
While the relentless series of storms across California this Winter have been most welcome after years of drought, it is important for homeowners to be aware of potential impacts on their property. Leaking windows, rotting wood, and mold are just a few of the common issues that arise from windows that are not properly sealed and/or maintained. If you see any of the following signs of water penetration in your home’s windows, contact AAA Windows 4 Less or another local window professional immediately to do an assessment:
- Peeling paint on the wood of an interior window sill
- Peeling paint on an interior wall near a window
- Rotting wood on an exterior window frame or sill
- Staining around or below a window or sill
It is critical that homeowners identify small problems before they turn into BIG problems. Lingering moisture on wood caused by failed seals allows fungi and mold to grow, quickly accelerating into rot. In a short period of time, rot can become astonishingly destructive. In addition to windows, areas around exterior doors and underneath sinks are also important to regularly check for water damage.
As the Bay Area looks to (hopefully) dry out a bit in the coming weeks, make time to inspect the windows and other areas of your home that may be prime candidates for water damage. Know that a small investment into regular maintenance or repair now could mean saving huge by avoiding major problems down the road. Keep all that falling water outside of your home this Spring and going forward!