You may have noticed water has started seeping in along the tracks along the tracks of your sliding glass patio door. If you see that the water is starting to gather inside the tracks, use the following two-step guide to repair the problem.
Step 1: Clean The Drain Holes On The Outer Track
Along the outside of your door's tracks, drainage holes are placed to prevent water from accumulating inside of the door. However, these could become clogged up with leaves, dirt, and other debris. This first step involves removing any debris and cleaning out each hole.
First, use a broom to sweep any dry leaves and dust out of the tracks. If any mud is caked inside, use a flathead screwdriver to pry it loose for easy removal.
After sweeping, wipe out the inside of the tracks with a wet sponge. If there is any grease, use warm water with a teaspoon of mild detergent mixed in.
Once the insides have been wiped out, straighten a paper clip or small piece of wire. Poke it through each drainage hole to ensure they are not clogged up.
Step 2: Drill New Drainage Holes
After you have cleaned the existing drainage holes, drill new ones into the tracks. This will increase the likelihood that the water will flow out of the tracks freely even during a heavy rainstorm.
For this step, you will need a drill and an eighth of an inch drill bit. If you have trouble eyeing measurements, you may also need a small ruler and an ink pen.
Locate the center point in between two of the drains. Either estimate the location or measure the distance and divide it by two. Mark a dot at this point where you will need to drill. Continue marking the drill points until you have one between each pair of holes.
Drill a hole at each point using the drill and bit. After you have finished, use a wet rag to wipe away the remnants of any metal or vinyl.
To ensure that each hole has been fully drilled, use a paper clip or wire to test it, as described in step one.
After doing the above, you may find that water is still coming into your house through the tracks. If so, you may want to contact a professional to inspect your patio door and discuss whether it needs to be repaired or replaced. To learn more, visit Valley Glass Inc.