When it’s hot outside, you love to lie in the garden and relax in the sun. Even when it’s snowing outside, you’ll still find yourself running around building snowmen with your children. You usually enjoy all but the worst weather conditions, yet you never sit back and think about the damage it’s doing to your home — until something goes wrong.
Contrary to popular belief, homes aren’t indestructible. It might feel that way when you’re sitting by the fire as the wind howls outside, but there is probably a problem brewing at this very moment. So let’s look at some of the common ways the elements damage your home, and afterward, we’ll talk about how you can prevent these as well.
Ice Will Destroy Your Chimney
Go outside and take a good look at the mortar on your chimney. We all know it’s not going to last as long as your roof, and over time, the rain will begin to find its way inside the cracks. As it freezes, you’ll find chunks of the mortar falling off. And now your flashing won’t be able to save you because the water will get in and roll down your interior walls. If you’re really unlucky, you could end up with a mold problem you don’t know about. You can keep a close eye on your chimney, but the only real way to make sure nothing is wrong is to hire roofers to go up and inspect everything.
Extremely Powerful Winds Might Damage Your Roof
If you live in an area where hurricanes can strike, or even very strong winds, they can be powerful enough to rip branches off trees and send them hurtling towards your roof. Once this happens, it can easily tear your roof apart until you have large holes where the rain will find its way inside, causing all sorts of water damage. The best way to make sure this doesn’t happen is to keep an eye on trees and cut off any old or broken branches. It’s one of the reasons why steel kit homes are becoming popular, as they’re capable of withstanding anything and the roofs will last much longer than regular ones.
Your Pipes Can Burst If It’s Too Cold Outside
One of the most annoying ways the cold weather can damage your home is by causing your pipes to burst. It’s a much harder problem to fix, especially if you end up with additional issues like a flooded basement. Burst pipes are caused by the water inside your pipes freezing up until they expand so much it makes them crack. It’s common when your pipes run outside to garden taps or through uninsulated walls. You could always stop using your garden tap during winter, but it might not be practical, and this doesn’t solve every issue. The best thing you can do is add insulation to your pipes to stop them from getting too cold.
Mountains of Heavy Snow Could Collapse Your Roof
Snow might look pretty when it’s lying on your roof, but if there is too much of it, then all this snow becomes dangerous for a number of reasons. The most worrisome one is that the snow may slide off – like a mini avalanche – and fall on top of someone standing or walking below it. An old roof could also buckle under the pressure, which would cost a lot to fix. Even if it’s not heavy enough to damage the roof itself, your guttering might not be so lucky and could come crashing down to the ground as a result. You can remove the snow yourself with a rake if there is enough there to be deemed dangerous, but it’s usually smarter to call a professional for the sake of safety.
Beware the Humidity of Your Heated Home
So far, everything we’ve talked about is what you might expect when the weather is at its most frigid, but your home can be compromised if it’s also too hot. The main danger area you have to be concerned about when it’s humid is the crawl space underneath your home. A lot of humidity can lead to mold, which can cause structural damage and problems with your health. You won’t even know it’s happening while you’re out in the garden enjoying yourself. Encapsulation is the best way of dealing with it if you have a crawl space in a humid part of the country, and it usually involves completely blocking up the foundation with a spray foam to eliminate any potential humidity.
How to Win the Weather War: Prevention Will Save You Money In The Long Run
There are thousands of things that could potentially go wrong with your home in the winter, and we’ve only touched on the most common ones today. And far too many people wait until something goes wrong before they fix a problem affecting their homes, but this almost always ends up costing them a lot more money. That’s because it’s cheaper to prevent anything bad from happening in the first place. So if you can deal with potential home issues before something gets damaged, then this wise prevention will save you a lot of hassle and keep you from having huge bills to pay. Remember, your home is your castle, and it’s smart to start treating it as such.