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Egress Window Maintenance: What You Need to Know

Egress Window Maintenance: What You Need to Know

December 04, 2023

Egress windows are an essential safety feature for any home with a basement or lower-level living space. They provide a safe emergency exit in case of fire or other emergencies and bring natural light and fresh air into your basement. However, like any other component of your home, egress windows require regular maintenance to ensure longevity and optimal performance. This blog post will discuss how to maintain your egress windows and ensure their longevity.

  1. Regular Cleaning: Egress windows should be cleaned at least twice a year to remove dirt, debris, and other contaminants that can accumulate on the glass and frame. Use a soft cloth or sponge, mild detergent, and warm water to clean the window and structure, and avoid using abrasive cleaners or scrubbers that can scratch or damage the glass or frame.
  2. Lubrication: Proper lubrication is essential for the smooth operation of your egress window. Use a silicone-based lubricant to lubricate the tracks, hinges, and other moving parts of the window, and avoid using oil-based lubricants that can attract dirt and debris.
  3. Inspection: Regular inspection is crucial to ensure your egress window is in good condition and functioning correctly. Inspect the window and frame for signs of wear and tear, such as cracks, chips, or peeling paint. Also, check the seals around the perimeter to ensure they are intact and free of cracks or gaps that allow air or water to seep in.
  4. Test the Window: Testing the window periodically is essential to ensure it opens and closes smoothly and locks securely. To test the window, open it fully, then close and lock it. If the window does not operate smoothly or the lock does not engage properly, contact a professional installer for repair or adjustment.
  5. Maintain Drainage: Proper drainage is critical for preventing water damage to your egress window and the surrounding foundation. Keep the window well-drained by clearing debris from the window well and ensuring that the drainage system is functioning correctly.

Following these simple maintenance tips ensures that your egress windows have been in good condition and functioning properly for many years. Elite Egress LLC specializes in providing high-quality egress window installation and maintenance services. Contact us today to learn how we can help you with your egress window project.