Drip Alert: Industry research has determined that bulk water intrusion from the exterior is responsible for a majority of the moisture related problems. Poorly sealed windows, doors, and siding are some of the major culprits. Just one crack in the caulk necessitates replacing all the caulk.
□ Follow these simple steps to replace caulk around a window or door:
□ Clean the surface of the frames or door frame to be caulked with rubbing alcohol.
□ Place a foam backer rod in seams more than 1/2 in. wide or 1/4 in. deep.
□ Using a caulk gun held at 45 degrees, push the bead ahead of the nozzle. Don’t fill weep holes at the base of the window frame.
□ Use a spoon dipped in soapy water to apply a smooth finish before the caulk cures.
□ Check the weather-stripping along doors. Detrimental weather conditions can cause weather-stripping to disintegrate, leaving gaps for air and moisture to enter.
□ Inspect and recaulk seams in siding. If you are between paint jobs, clear caulks are available that will blend with the house color.
□ Inspect stucco and brick surfaces for cracked mortar. You can either call in a professional or obtain patch kits from your hardware store.
□ Keep a minimum 6 in. clearance between the siding and the ground.
□ Using a small mirror, inspect bottom edges of siding close to the ground. Prime and paint any unfinished siding drip edges.