Six Steps To Prevent Mold and Water Damage From Leaking Windows

By following these six steps, you can help protect your home from water damage and mold caused by leaking windows, often exasperated during major storms.

We’ve all experienced downpours in South Florida with 30 to 40 MPH winds, and the damages can be annoying and expensive. This wind driven rain finds it’s way through cracks in caulking on windows and the exteriors of buildings. The damages from leaking windows can be expensive and unfortunately, not covered by insurance:

    1. Inspect and Seal: Regularly inspect your windows for any cracks or gaps where water could seep in. Seal these areas with caulk or weatherstripping to prevent leaks.
    2. Maintain Gutters and Downspouts: Ensure that gutters and downspouts are clear of debris and directing water away from the foundation of your home. Proper drainage can prevent water from pooling near windows.
    3. Install Hurricane-rated Windows: Adding storm windows can provide an extra layer of protection against leaks and drafts.
    4. Monitor Indoor Humidity: Keep indoor humidity levels below 60% to discourage mold growth. Use dehumidifiers if necessary, especially in humid climates or during rainy seasons.
    5. Address Condensation: Wipe down windows regularly to remove condensation and prevent water from pooling and causing damage.
    6. Repair Leaks Promptly: If you notice any signs of leaks, such as water stains or dampness around windows, address them promptly to prevent further damage and mold growth.

Walking and inspecting the property at least once per year will help to eliminate mold issues in the future. If you think this has happened to you, make sure to call Servpro of East Davie / Cooper City at 954-725-6400.