Storm window question
My entire home has storm windows, and they seem to be working great every year. But I've noticed that I have 3 windows on the second floor of my home (all in the same room) that have condensation buildup on the inside of the storm window (not on the outside or inside of the primary window). Cracking the storm window resolves the moisture issue, and I don't get any condensation buildup on the main window when the storm is cracked.
My guess is that the windows are not circulating the air and as a result moisture is building up.
Is there any easy way to diagnose and fix this issue? We've cleaned the windows / sliders, and tray but the issue continues to come back.
As a side note, the windows are 10 years old
Any suggestions on what can be done to resolve this issue? My biggest hurdle is that the windows are on the second story so they are hard to access from the outside (unless I'm using a lift truck or a large ladder).
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Your main windows aren't sealed properly. They let warm air from inside your house go between the storm window and the main window. When the warm humid air gets out, it hits the storm window's cold glass and condensates on it.
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The two weep holes on the bottom of the storm window unit are plugged either with debris or paint.
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Poke a wire through the weep holes at the base of the frame to clear the holes of debris. Weep holes allow moisture from condensation to escape from the space between the primary windows and the storm windows when the storm windows are closed. Moisture trapped between the windows can cause wood window sills to decay.
If you cannot find weep holes, they may be covered with caulking compound. Replace old caulking that is dry and cracked, instead of poking through it with the wire. To do that, gouge out the caulking from the seam with a screwdriver or other pointed tool. Next, clean the area by brushing it free of debris and wiping it with a cloth dipped in mineral spirits. Apply fresh caulking with a caulking gun and poke open the weep holes immediately.
In the winter, if condensation forms on the inside of storm windows, add or replace weatherstripping around the primary sashes. That will keep warm indoor air from entering into the space between the windows, which causes the problem.
If condensation forms on the inside of the primary windows, the problem is usually that the storm windows are allowing cold air from outside to enter the space. Weep holes can cause condensation, but noticeable problems are usually the result of looseness.
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Makes sense. =)
I'll take a look at this and report back.
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what material are your storm windows (wood, metal, ?)
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Install storm windows or replacement windows with double or triple glazing.