This winter has been all about keeping the moisture out of our homes. With the large amounts of snow and water that we have had to deal with, there are plenty of ways that it could ruin the interior and exterior of our homes without us even realizing it. One of the largest safeguards that you have against this from occurring on the exterior is the caulk on your siding. But with the weather we have had, siding shifts and caulk breaks, allowing moisture into your home. It might not be a drastic occurrence and you might not notice it right away, but over time this water can do serious damage if it is not corrected as soon as possible.
How to Know if you Have a Problem
Once the winter weather calms down and you can safely take a walk around the perimeter of your home, you will want to check certain areas to see if the caulk was affected by the weather. The most prominent places include:
- The edge of the foundation where the siding begins
- Where siding and windows meet
- Any corners, especially if there are different materials that are joined together
What you Might See
When you walk around these important areas, you might be able to tell right away that the caulk is failing, but other areas might not be as obvious. Look for thing such as:
- Caulk that has shrunk in size
- Visible cracks in the seams of the caulk
- Seams that do not seem straight or as if they have shifted
- Caulk seems less sticky
If you notice these problems on your siding, it is important to fix them or have them fixed right away. This will help you to prevent water from getting into the boards of your siding or even inside your home. If you do notice problems with your caulk, it is important to know for sure if there was any water damage as it can cause serious damage in the long-term to the exterior and interior of your home as well as the health and wellbeing of you and your family.