Hi everyone, it’s Michael Musgrave with ALLIN Home Inspections with today’s home maintenance tip. I’m going to show you one of the most common causes of wood rot on your window sills and trim.
What you can see in the photos is the little metal portion of the screen frame at the bottom of the window screen is secured tight up to this window sill. When it rains, the water goes behind the screen, ponds on the window sill, because this metal piece acts as a dam and as the paint breaks down on the window sill the water seeps down through the wood of the sill and wood rot happens. You can see the wood rot on this window sill, it goes all the way down the window sill. And this can be a two or three hundred dollar repair per window and when you look at most houses with window screens all over them, the cost can add up.
So do yourself a giant favor, if you’re not going to use your windows for ventilation, remove your window screens and store them in your basement or your attic. If you are going to use your windows for ventilation be sure that when you raise the window check out the condition of the window sill; is the paint broken down? If the paint’s broken down go ahead and clean it up by sanding and paint it so that the water sitting on that window sill being held up by that screen won’t cause wood rot. Right here is a whole bunch of wood rot and this whole window sill is going to have to be replaced because that window sill wasn’t maintained and painted and the water seeped down in and rotted the sill.
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