Why You Need to Clean Weep Holes Before Cold Temps

Updated: Mar. 09, 2024

Here’s how to winterize your window's weep holes before the snow hits the ground and makes everything more difficult. We'll show you how in three easy steps!

clean weep holes in windowsThe Family Handyman

Weep holes may be the tiniest feature of many sliding windows and vinyl replacement windows, but they serve a big function. The little holes, located on the exterior bottom of the frame, are an outlet for rainwater to drain away from the home, but they often can become clogged up with debris.

Clean and Winterize Weep Holes

Set aside some time now to complete these simple fall maintenance tasks so you can rest easy, knowing you’re prepared.

How to Clean the Weep Holes:

To make sure the weep holes are working properly, spray the outside of the window with a garden hose – a steady stream of clean water should exit from the holes. If it doesn’t, use a wire hanger or compressed air to force the blockage out. Re-test with fresh water to ensure they’re completely cleaned.

While you’re at it, do these 10 more vital home maintenance tasks you’ll regret if you forget.