Short but severe thunderstorms are relatively common in spring and summer. As a rule of thumb, you should check your exterior for signs of damage after an extreme weather event, no matter how short they are. It’s a good idea to start with your windows, as their glass panes can easily be damaged by wind-driven debris.
Before going outside, make sure the storm has passed and there are no immediate safety risks. Keep an eye out for downed power lines, electrical hazards and falling trees. Remember: Always prioritize safety.
Check the Glass Panes for Signs of Wind Damage
Strong winds or wind-driven debris can shatter glass panes. Look for glass shards near the window, racks, holes, or dents in the glass pane. Debris might have also dented the window frame or chipped some of the paint.
Keep in mind that certain signs of window damage can’t be easily detected. Here’s a tip on how you can detect window leaks: Shut the doors and windows and light an incense stick near your window. If the window has any leaks, smoke should drift towards it.
Try to Wipe Condensation Off the Glass Panes
If you can’t wipe off the condensation, moisture might have infiltrated the space between the two glass panes. Manufacturers fill this space with either argon or krypton, two colorless, non-toxic gases that prevent heat transfer. However, if the window’s glass sealing is damaged, argon and krypton can escape, allowing moisture to infiltrate the space between the panes and fog up the window glass.
Should You Have Your Windows Repaired or Replaced?
If the windows damaged by the storm had an insulated glass unit, it’s best to have them replaced by professional window contractors. Since some of the argon or krypton escaped, your windows will have lower energy-efficiency.
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