Once homeowners see any little bit of water near their windows, they start freaking out. Are you one of them? Well, we are here to tell you that it’s perfectly normal! Your windows have a built-in drainage system called “weep holes.” They are strategically placed to drain any water out of your window. At the same time, it prevents airflow into your home, and it can require cleaning and maintenance… but on the bright side, there’s no water leaking into your window track!

How to Properly Maintain Drainage Systems

Where Are Weep Holes?

You can find weep holes on the:

  • Exterior bottom corners of your windows
  • Inside the bottom of the screen track
  • Inside below the window track sliding windows

Drainage Systems

On rainy days, it is normal for water to accumulate in the sill or track area of your window. In fact, it is intended for the water to drain on the outside as water starts to build up, and outside pressure dwindles.

In order to ensure proper maintenance of drainage systems, you should:

  • Inspect and clean weep holes before an excessive rainfall is expected
  • Keep windowsills and track areas clean of dirt or debris
  • Check that both the inside and outside of the weep holes are free of any dirt, stucco, sand, or any other building materials
  • Use a soft brush to clear any openings of debris or dirt, if necessary. You can also use a can of compressed air to clean blockages

Frame Cleaning 

  • Use a vacuum to get rid of any dirt from the windowsill and track areas before you wash them
  • Use mild soap and water to clean windows and doorframes
  • Rinse window completely with clean water and wipe dry
  • Remember not to use any abrasive cleaners or solvents
  • Do not clean windows with a hose

Glass Care

  • Use mild dish soap and water to clean window glass or glass cleaner
  • Do not wash in direct sunlight
  • Remember not to use any abrasive cleaners or solvents
  • Do not use a razor blade, putty knife or abrasive pad
  • Do not clean windows with a hose

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