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Casement Window Maintenance… Keep it Simple!

After a hard day of work, it’s nice to relax and enjoy the view from your windows. So, to keep your windows aesthetically pleasing and working well, here are a few easy things you can do.

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Whether your home’s casement windows are older or newer, you know that maintenance is key to extending their life. One essential part of casement window maintenance that homeowners often overlook is lubrication. Casement windows have moving parts that regularly require lubrication.

Simply Put… Lubricate Everything That Moves

Homeowners should maintain the moving parts in crank windows semi-annually to annually, depending on environmental conditions and how often you use the window. The moving parts or mechanisms that will need maintenance are the crank gears, operator arms, slide tracks and lock arms.

Most window manufacturers recommend silicone spray as a safe lubricant that won’t stain but will allow the moving parts to glide smoothly. Manufacturers advise avoiding using oil-based lubricants, as these tend to attract dust and dirt.

Before applying lubricant, see how far the window will open without resistance. It’s important not to force the crank if it becomes difficult to turn or feels like something is grinding in its gears. If this does happen, turn the crank back a few turns. Then, clean off as much dirt and grit as you can using a brush, handheld vacuum cleaner or compressed air.

What if the Window Doesn’t Crank?

Spray a silicone-based lubricant onto the operator arms, gears, slides and locking mechanisms. Note that operator arms have multiple joints—make sure you apply lubricant to each component. Most crank mechanisms allow the removal of both the crank and the cover. If you can remove the cover, apply lubricant to the crank gears. Wait a few minutes for the lubricant to seep into the joints, then gently try to open and close the window.

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Most of the windows in my home were either tough to open or would barely close. I thought that I would have to replace them all until my ProActiv Prevention technician pointed out that the issue was a lack of maintenance. Now, everything is lubricated, and the windows open and shut without issue”-M.G.

ProActiv Maintenance Saves Time and Money

Most costly repairs stem from a lack of maintenance. If you regularly maintain your home or business, you can keep repairs and repair costs down and extend the life of your parts and fixtures.

We specialize in delivering maintenance solutions to our customers and helping them create a maintenance checklist that keeps all the moving parts in their home or business working smoothly.

If performing simple maintenance tasks does not correct the problem, it might be time to call a ProActiv Prevention handyman – especially if the windows have not been maintained for many years. That’s where ProActiv Prevention can help.

Our preventive maintenance service experts love to provide the solutions you need to ensure that your entire property is in tip-top shape. We can help you develop a home maintenance checklist that includes crucial tasks, like maintaining your casement windows, so you’ll get the most use possible out of each part of your home. Call us now at (708) 586-4747 to get a free, no-obligation handyman estimate today.

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No need to worry about tackling that to-do list on your own. Contact us now for a free, no-obligation handyman estimate! We can’t wait to help you.

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