The Family Handyman
Clean and Winterize Weep Holes
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.
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.
Check Your Detectors
Bleed Hot Water Radiators
Clear Steam Radiator Vents
Best Way to Water Lawn: Water in the Fall
Aerate the Soil
Keep Window Wells Clean or Risk a Broken Window and Wet Basement
Fertilize in the Fall
Cut Grass Short
Winterize Your Sprinkler System
Drain Garden Hoses or Waste Money on Replacements
Clean Your Chimney
Winterize Your Gas Grill
If you're storing your grill outside during the winter, just keep the propane tank connected (but shut off) and put a protective cover over the entire grill when you're done cleaning it. If you're storing the grill indoors, don't bring the tank inside, even into the garage or a storage shed. A small gas leak can cause a huge explosion if the tank is stored in an enclosed space. Instead, disconnect the tank and store it outside in an upright position away from dryer and furnace vents and children's play areas. Tape a plastic bag over the grill's gas line opening to prevent insects from nesting.