We’re all proud of our homes, to a greater or lesser extent. Certainly, we’re all defensive of them, even if we’re not at a Martha Stewart level of housekeeping. The more effort we put into keeping them looking sparkling inside, though, the more reward we will get. And we can do a lot just by following simple rules. No shoes in the house, don’t pour anything thick down the sink, that kind of thing. Follow these, and your family home should be in good shape.
But then there are things that happen to our homes just because. There’s nothing we can do to stop these problems and all we can do is protect the property from damage. You can control what comes into your house, and what you put out of it. The one thing you can’t control is what goes on outside. Climate, weather and environmental factors are there, and will be there whatever you do. So you need to look out for problems they may cause.
If You Live In A Hot Climate
A home in a hot climate is something that a lot of people prize above all others, but they don’t come without their problems. It is during the hotter months that a home is more prone to pest infestations. These infestations can run the gamut from large rats and even raccoons to something as small as termites or wasps.
Infestations can be attracted by something as simple as incorrect storage of garbage. Always make sure bags are not split, and that garbage cans are kept well away from the house. Additionally, perform a twice-yearly check for signs of infestation: droppings, eggs, structural damage.
If You Live In A Cold Climate
Homes are built to last, but the problem with any building large enough to live in is that there are stresses involved just to keep them standing. And when you apply extremes of temperature, the materials involved can expand and contract. Eventually, this can tell and can create gaps where there should be none.
If you live somewhere that gets snow often, it can be even worse than that. If snow lies on the exterior of a building, the cold contracts the materials while the water caused by it melting can weaken them. Before long you can end up with cracks that need treating. Speak to an expert if you see signs of water ingress in your rooms.
If You Live In A Rainy Climate
Although homes are built with external factors in mind, it’s a fact of life that problems can build up over time anyway. You can’t fight nature. In a four-season climate, which sees plenty of rain, the soil expands and contracts over time. This can affect the foundations of the home and cause serious structural damage if left unchecked. Speak to foundation drainage repair experts if you’re finding cracks or bowing anywhere in the home.
It’s worth noting that, even if your home has been built relatively recently, these issues can still occur. While due care will have been taken to protect them against it, weather happens every day. Over time its impacts accumulate – so it doesn’t matter how strongly your house is built. You still need to keep a firm eye out for any signs of damage, and get them fixed as they occur.