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Window Caulking

The edges of every window should be sealed with caulking to prevent energy losses and water damage. After time the caulking will become brittle from sun and temperature fluctuation. Eventually cracks will become present and ruin the integrity of the seal.

Use a utility or putty knife to remove the old caulk. Be sure the area is clean and dry. Left over debris could compromise the new seal. Apply the new caulking in a steady stream (avoid stopping). Smooth over the caulk with a putty knife or a finger and examine the seal for any thin layers. Add more caulking to thin spots and gaps. If the caulk is applied too thin it will crack when dried.

Be sure to examine your windows at least a couple times a year. Redo the seals as necessary. Try to do this task when the temperature is moderate and there is no rain in the forecast.

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