DOORS & WINDOWS
Monitor Your Doors and Windows For Water Damage
By Barbara Canetti
Floodwaters have receded and the furniture is all out. Sheetrock is being replaced, as are the floors. But what about the windows and doors? Do they need some attention, too?
“If there are wood doors, they will soak up the water and swell, making it hard to open and close them,” says Jesse Salinas, owner of Southern Front Stained Glass and Doors. “And the wood frame, which also was in standing water, will have to be replaced.”
Salinas says homeowners will need a new pre-hung door (one that is already in its frame) to replace the waterlogged door. The trim and molding may need replacing, too, because those components may crack and bow from being submerged.
“This is really not a good do-it-yourself project,” Salinas notes. “Each door has to be plumbed, leveled and sealed underneath to prevent future leaking. If it’s not done right, it will not perform correctly.”
He also notes that metal, iron or fiberglass doors also take on water in flooding situations and these doors need to be inspected, as well.
When it comes to windows, Marty Scarpati, president of Guardian Windows, says with single-pane glass, make sure the windows open and shut properly after a storm and that the glass is not cracked or broken.
“If they are insulated windows, you need to see if the seals are broken and if the frame is still in good shape,” Scarpati says, adding that if they do not correctly close, then they may have to be replaced.
Sometimes the window sills and molding around the windows may be OK even if they got wet, he says, although the Sheetrock will have to be replaced. Have the interior and exterior examined carefully, as well as the brick on the outside siding. Don’t ignore this problem, he urged, if the water damage was severe.
“If they are not replaced, you will have severe mold problems,” he says.
MIRRORS & OTHER GLASS
Monitor mirrors in the house that have been submerged. Many are salvageable, says Rachel Ramirez with Lone Star Glass, but many times floodwaters can ruin a mirror.
“Over time, the mirror can start to deteriorate — the silver backing can go bad,” she explains. “Have them inspected and refinished before any serious damage is evident.”
Glass on tables, frames and furniture can usually be cleaned and disinfected with most solutions found at the store or with a mixture of vinegar and water. But get rid of any cracked glass items.
Restore Your Door Inc.
Rick’s Front Door Refinishing LLC
Southern Front Stained Glass and Doors
Apple Glass Co.
ARC Glass LLC
Lone Star Glass Inc.
713-661-0091 (Bissonnet Street)
713-464-7024 (Hammerly Boulevard)
979-543-1234 (El Campo)