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Prevent window leaks with proper window installation

Now that monsoon is here, leakage and dampness issues become a part of our lives again. Damp patches can appear on the ceiling, walls and the floor, heightening our monsoon woes. We are all well-aware how important waterproofing can be for the health of our home and family.

During the rains, water can enter your home in multiple ways, one of which is through the gaps in between the window frame and wall. In fact, even a little breach between the window frame and wall is enough to let water and moisture inside. It is therefore important that the window installation is made in a manner which makes it watertight and does not allow any water to come inside your home. There is no point in waterproofing your walls and the roof if you allow water to enter your home through the window gaps. This will again cause dampness to appear inside your home, which can lead to the growth of mold and fungus as well.

Now, the ingress of water can happen if the window is not fitted properly and if there is a space left in between, which could be due to improper alignment of the fittings or if the sealant used is of inferior quality, does a poor job of sealing or the product wears off over a period of time.

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It is essential to realise that in general, windows are fixed on the wall after the masonry work is completed. Therefore, it is very likely that there will be some amount of gap between the window frame and the masonry. There is bound to be alignment issues as it is difficult to match the frame completely with the wall. Usually, these gaps can widen over time and thus create all kinds of leakage problems.

It is best to have a detailed inspection to determine the exact cause of the leakage and then to address the issue. As a solution, you can apply Dr. Fixit Silicone Sealant to cover these gaps. This sealant is highly flexible which accommodates any movements caused by thermal expansion and contraction and is UV resistant as well. It is an ideal product designed to seal glass, aluminium and non-oily wood, and is used in sealing of aluminium and glass window frame joints, fixing glass into aluminum frames in lieu of the rubber beading. And the best part is that it is a very easy to use product which does not require any mixing that can be applied directly. It is also eco- friendly and is tough and flexible after curing, so performs well during expansion and contraction with the change in weather conditions.

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Now, that you know how to address window leaks, make sure you have the windows installed properly. And, seal the gaps, if there are any, in the existing window frames. This will help in having a dry and damp free environment in your home, which will keep your family happy and healthy.

About Nalini Malaviya

Nalini Malaviya is a Bangalore based art consultant, writer and blogger. She has been writing for the media since 2003, and has been an art columnist for Financial Times (Delhi and Bangalore) and Bangalore Mirror. Nalini writes primarily on art (visual arts, performance, photography, etc) and also on health and lifestyle. She contributes to Times of India, Deccan Herald and several other publications including art magazines and catalogs. An occasional fiction writer, Nalini has published short stories as part of various anthologies, such as, The Shrinking Woman, The Curse of the Bird and Bhelpuri. She publishes www.artsceneindia.com, a popular blog cum Ezine featuring art news, guides, and articles on buying and collecting art and on displaying art in interiors. The website functions as an artist resource and also promotes artists. Nalini curates art exhibitions and conducts classes on art appreciation and writing. She also teaches arts management and marketing for artists through workshops. Currently, she contributes to the experts section on corporate blogs on interiors and lifestyle.

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