While extreme weather can make us want to huddle up inside and do our best to ignore it, there are certain weather warning signs you shouldn’t ignore. With the rise of global warming, we are seeing more extreme weather than ever before, but what effect could this weather have on your home?
If temperatures rapidly drop, this increases the risk of exposed pipes in your home or garden freezing, Exposed pipes commonly appear in the attic, garage, and garden. If water freezes within any of these pipes, it can lead to the pipe bursting. This can cause huge problems so it’s worth ensuring any outdoor taps and pipes are properly insulated.
Wet weather can leave your home vulnerable to dampness. Damp in your home can smell, is unsightly, and can actually cause some severe health problems. Three types of damp to look out for are rising damp, penetrating damp, and condensation. Rising damp is caused by water coming up through the floor or the wall. Penetrating damp is caused by leaks from your outer walls that spread inside and is most commonly caused by structural issues. Lastly, you’ll want to look out for any condensation. Condensation is the most common type of damp. It is more common in cold weather when steam is generated.
Wind or storms
This type of weather causes the most obvious damage. Big storms and high winds can easily tear through your roofing, tear off your tiles and rip your guttering off. This type of weather can also whip large tree branches or debris onto your roofing causing damage. There are roofing companies that can help, by weatherproofing your roof to keep your home safe from extreme weather.
A scattering of snow isn’t going to cause any major issues, however, a significant snowfall can quickly become heavy and start to cause issues. If snow is weighing down on your roof or guttering, it can cause it to buckle and break, leaving your home defenseless against the cold.
In addition to this, a large amount of snow can also cause issues when it melts. Melting snow or heavy rain can quickly cause flooding. Watch out for water finding its way into your basement or through any structural damage on the exterior of your home.
Usually, seeing the sun is a cause for celebration. It conjures up memories of BBQs, long summer evenings on the beach, and best of all, summer holidays. However, the sun can cause damage to your home. Soft furnishings in your home can be easily damaged by prolonged exposure to the sun. The Sun shining through doors or windows can fade the color of your furnishings, and dry out wood, causing it to become brittle or damage the fibers. To reduce the risk of sun damage in your home, consider using net curtains and carefully consider where you place your furniture.
While we can’t control the weather, there are certain weather warning signs you shouldn’t ignore when it comes to protecting your home. The best thing you can do is take preventative measures so you and your home are ready for whatever mother nature throws at you.