Weather in the Northwest typically involves excess moisture. Fortunately, windows and sliding glass patio doors that are made with the Northwest weather in mind such as Marvin, Pella, Milgard, and Andersen replacement windows, have a specially designed “weep” drainage system with vented slots on the exterior bottom of the frames to protect the inside of your home. Proper maintenance of your weep system is required to assure proper drainage.
The weep system allows water to drain to the outside as it builds up. It’s normal for water to build up on the sill or the outside track, which is why it’s important to keep the sill or track clean of any dirt or debris.
Periodically inspect the weep holes on the exterior bottom rails of your windows and sliding glass patio doors to make certain they are clear of any dirt or debris. Use a soft bottlebrush to clear openings, if necessary.
A good time to inspect and clean weep holes is when excessive rain is anticipated.
If you are ready to upgrade to windows that are especially designed for the Northwest climate, please contact us.