Take three minutes to read our guest blog from Natalie Jones with Homeowner Bliss!
Hurricanes, tornadoes, snowstorms, heatwaves: Extreme weather can do a number on your house. Even if you don’t notice the effects of these events right away, over time they can cause issues with your roof, siding, windows, and more. This can mean you lose serious money on repairs, and can even damage the overall value of your home if not caught in time. Staying aware of what kind of issues different weather events can cause keeps your investment safe. Make sure you check your home for problems thoroughly and regularly so you can catch small problems before they become big ones.
1. Big Events
There are some weather events, like tornadoes, hurricanes, and lightning strikes, that cause a lot of damage all at once. Generally speaking, you’re more likely to know these issues have affected your property than not, particularly if you’re at home when it happens.
That said, many people find that their house looks okay after tornadoes, hurricanes, and big storms, and move on trusting that it is. This can be a recipe for disaster. Big wind events can loosen your shingles or siding without you noticing it. Hiring a pro (more on this later) can help you to be sure your house is still in tip-top shape.
2. Weathered Away
You don’t need a single big event like a tornado to cause serious damage, however. Weather erosion and damage can happen over a long period of time. In fact, sometimes this kind of damage is more harmful to your property since it’s subtler and harder to catch.
For example, a long summer of high heat and humidity can lead to mold buildup in your walls. Depending on the kind of mold, this can damage the structure and cause health problems by releasing spores. Cold, too, can have hard-to-notice impacts. Sleet and cold rains can get into small cracks in your foundation or roofing, then freeze. This freezing expands the small cracks and, slowly but surely, turns them into big problems.
It’s not just the cracks or the weathering itself that causes issues – more important, actually, is how they open your home up to water and pests. Bugs can make their way through openings in foundations and siding, leaving you with a pricey infestation. Water damage can warp floors, ruin paint, and rot the structure of your home, leading to costly repairs and potentially dangerous situations.
3. Identifying Issues
As mentioned, it’s difficult for the average person to spot the early signs of many of these issues. Roof damage, foundation problems, moisture accumulation within walls: These are just a few of the problems many homeowners don’t know they have until it’s too late to handle them efficiently. That’s why it’s so important to periodically hire an inspector to give your home a once-over and check to make sure everything is in good working condition.
This is especially important if you plan to move and are about to put your house on the market or have plans to do so in the future. The more competitive the housing market is in your area, the more pristine your house has to be to sell quickly and for a good price. Weather damage is going to get noticed on buyers’ home inspections, and it can lose you a sale – or at least, lower your price point. Roofing issues, for example, can lower your home’s value when sold as-is. Investing in regular upkeep and repair is likely to pay off in the long run.
Inclement weather doesn’t have to cost you tons of money, but if you ignore its effects, it might. Stay on top of inspections and repairs so that you know your home is at its best, rain or shine. If you're building or planning to build, check out this blog to know how you can avoid future weather-related problems from arising.
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