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    Default Pella Storms. Fogging

    I had a house full of Pella Storms today. It took my a while to finish because I wanted the interior window side to fully dry out before re-installing the storms because they tend to fog up. A couple still fogged up and I had to open the window up again and take a fresh huck to them.

    Squeegees don't remove 100% of the moisture because glass is quite pourus. Does anyone add some form of alcohol to their solution to help with the moisture evaporation process?

    Any other methods work to prevent fogging?

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    I usually try to dry the bottom of the frame on the unit as much as possible before I reinstall them to aid in minimizing the fogging. I always tell the customer up front when dealing w/ storms or removable panels (especially in the winter or summer) there will be some fogging that will dissipate over the next 24-48 hrs. It's just part of the process.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mistersqueegee View Post
    I usually try to dry the bottom of the frame on the unit as much as possible before I reinstall them to aid in minimizing the fogging. I always tell the customer up front when dealing w/ storms or removable panels (especially in the winter or summer) there will be some fogging that will dissipate over the next 24-48 hrs. It's just part of the process.
    I do the same as Tony with the fogging issue. If they are the older style pella with the rubber gasket on the take off I will use a huck and gently wipe the bottom inside of the gasket. Sometimes it will catch some water causing more of a fog issue. When possible if there are no children or dogs around I will wash inside and both sides of the storm window and then set the glass in front of where I took off the storm. Then go outside and wash the outsides. Come back in and put up all the storms. If I get a house with 40-60 of these when I do let them sit when I am cleaning the outside I will only get maybe one or two fogging up.
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    So I guess my method is alright then. Out of around 20+ I only had to open a couple. I had this happen last year and told the customer to call me if they were still foggy after a day or two to call me but they never did.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Beautiful View View Post
    So I guess my method is alright then. Out of around 20+ I only had to open a couple. I had this happen last year and told the customer to call me if they were still foggy after a day or two to call me but they never did.
    I do the same thing - tell them to call if they are still foggy after a day or two and I never have gotten a call.
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    That is all you can do with those types of windows. I even let the customers know that going in.
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    The moisture will leave on its own. The concept of Pella insulation is the outside air is always moving in and out between the glass. If you look on the sides of the frame when you have a Pella storm pulled apart you will see a small hole to the outside. It is always a good idea to clean these holes out with a pipe cleaner for your customer as insect stop up the holes sometimes.

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    i have the same problem, i found that it eventually clears and looks fine, i dont know of anything you can do to prevent, maybe someone else does?

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    I always let them set a while and do the outside. One other thing armor all works great to seal the rubber gasket. Just spray some on a rag and lightly rub it on the gasket. Seals great.
    But as far as fog up it goes away with in hours.

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    As long as the moisture doesn't "drip" or "run" down window, it will dry out just fine.
    And yes, dry them well and wait as long as possible before re-installing.

 

 
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