How do you fix a leaking French Door?
In case of a leaky french door, it might happen that there are no obvious signs of leakage until after some time passes. However, if you have noticed any leaking or not, then the best thing to do is to take out your old french doors and check them thoroughly.
If they seem to be dry, then all is well. You could try to seal up the leaks with caulk, but this would probably not solve the problem.
If you still feel that there is something wrong, then you need to contact a professional. A professional will be able to determine what exactly is causing the problem and whether it’s possible to repair it yourself or get someone else involved in fixing it.
They will also be able to recommend the right kind of product for your particular situation.
The first step is to call the manufacturer of the french door. You can find their number on the backside of your french doors.
Also, you could look online for the brand name of your french doors and call them directly to ask for a warranty card. Most manufacturers offer one-year warranties on their products, so don’t worry too much about getting a replacement part from them if you’re having problems with your french doors.
The most common causes of leaking french doors are:
1) The hinges may be worn down from years of use. You can replace them with new ones.
(See step 2.)
2) The woodwork itself may be damaged due to age, moisture, insects, etc. There is nothing you can do about this except to patch it up and keep using it as usual.
If you have a warranty, then the first thing you should do is ask them to send someone over to check out the doors. They should be able to find any leaks that need repair.
Sometimes it’s difficult to tell where a leak is coming from, so they will probably need to drill some small holes in your french doors to let the water drain out.
3) If you’ve noticed water leaking through the cracks of your french doors, then there is probably damage to the panels themselves. You can replace these easily enough and this may solve the problem.
4) There may be a gap between the door’s frame and where it meets the floor or wall. You’ll have to fill these gaps with putty or caulk.
5) A badly fitting threshold could be allowing water to get in. You can easily replace this with a new one.
6) If you have a glass panel in your door, then there is a good chance that water may get trapped between the glass and the wood, causing it to swell and cause damage over time. (This is more common with antique doors where modern safety glazing techniques were not used when making the door.
7) Lastly, you may have pests such as Carpenter Ants or Termites that have infested your door. This will require the help of a professional.
You can fix most minor problems, such as worn out hinges, yourself. Replacing glass should also be within your capabilities.
Replacing the panel itself in a wooden door will be more difficult, but not impossible. Please remember to always wear protective equipment when handling wood!
If you have any carpentry experience at all, then you shouldn’t have too many problems fixing your doors yourself. You’ll need to get new glass and maybe some wood to patch up the damaged areas, but that’s about all you’ll really need.
I would suggest going to visit a local hardware store and just talking to one of the workers there. Tell them exactly what the problem is and ask them what they’d do to fix it.
If you’re lucky, they’ll have some ideas about how to fix it yourself.
You could also call a local handyman or handywoman. They should be able to come out and take a look at the doors for you and tell you if it’s a simple fix or not.
Here are some things to check for yourself before calling someone else:
1) Is there water leaking in after it rains? If so, there may be a gap between your door and the walls or floor.
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