Windows not opening or closing properly? BDry can help.
Windows not opening or closing properly can be a sign of a range of problems. There are a few things to take note of if this is happening to your home.
- How many windows are having this problem? If it’s just one window, perhaps the window is off track and a simple adjustment can be made. Or, it could be a sign of a problem with the foundation.
- If more than one window is not opening or closing properly, where are the windows – are they on one side or corner of the house? Are they above/below each other? Are they all on one level, or some upstairs and some downstairs? If all the windows are on one side or corner of the home, it could be an indication of a problem with the home’s foundation, such as uneven settling.
- Does the problem get better/worse with changes in weather? If so, it’s important to remember that heat and humidity can make things expand, and cold could create a freezing effect on the window.
If answers to these questions indicate that the home’s foundation could be the source of the problem, there are a few facts worth knowing. First, all homes, really all structures, settle. There are many factors that can cause uneven settling. Soil saturation levels, impacts of excavating virgin soil, and types of soil under the foundation are just a few of these factors. It’s important to counteract these challenges before the symptoms get worse. Beyond sticking windows, doors can become misaligned from door jams, floors can slope or even drop, walls can get stair step shaped cracks in them (generally near doorways), and the list goes on. The good news is fixing the problem early will stop the progression of the symptoms and help to fix the symptoms already displayed, such as windows not opening or closing correctly.