Unstick that Pesky Window!
Spring is just about upon us, which means you will want to start having your windows open, letting the fresh air into your home and musky, winter air out. Nothing is more frustrating than going to open your window on that gorgeous day and being unable to open your window because it is stuck. There are a variety of reasons that windows stick resulting in various different methods to get those stuck windows open.
Why do Windows Stick?
Paint – This is the most common reason that windows stick. When paint gets in between the sash and the frame, the window will dry shut.
Dirt buildup – Everyday grime that is not periodically cleaned can seal your window shut.
Humidity – Depending on the material of your windows, humidity can cause your windows to expand, which makes them stick in the jamb.
How to Unstick your Windows
There are several methods that you can use to unstick your windows:
- Break the paint seal – If there is an obvious paint seal, you can break the seal with a utility knife. If there are no obvious paint seals, but you suspect that is your culprit, use something thin such as a piece of paper, slid all the way around the window until you find the spot that the paper does not easily slide through. Use the putty knife in this area to break the paint seal. If a putty knife does not do the trick, you can use a scraper or any other sharp knife that will cut through the seal without harming the window.
- Use a pry bar – If you cannot break the seal with a putty knife, you can go to the exterior of your home and gently try to pry the window open with a pry bar.
- Use a hammer – This might seem like a scary method to use around your window, but with careful precision, you will break the seal around your window without breaking your window! Use a block of wood that is wrapped in cloth and hold it against the window sash. Before striking the wood with the hammer, make sure that you are exerting pressure towards the sash not towards the glass. Gently move the wood block around the window sash until you have hammered around the entire window and loosened the seal.
When you do get the window pried open, take the opportunity to vacuum any dirt