November 7th, 2019 1:30 PM by MARGARET MICHELLE WILLIAMSON
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From severe storms to relentless heat, weather
can wreak havoc on your home. Over the years, your home will endure some brutal
conditions that can shorten the lifespan of many components, including your
roof, siding, and windows. Not only that, but floods, hurricanes, and tornadoes
can cause irreparable damage to your investment in a very short amount of time.
Here are some effective ways to protect your house from the destructive forces
Wind and rain can cause all kinds of damage to
your home. For example, rainwater leaking into your home
can lead to costly repairs. Waterproofing your home and ensuring adequate
drainage of water off your property will help prevent these problems. So, keep
your gutters clean, ensure your
downspouts are functioning, seal your windows and doors, and keep your roof in
top condition. Similarly, you can protect your home from damage caused by heavy winds by maintaining nearby
trees and checking your roof for loose or missing shingles regularly.
If your home has sustained damage from wind or
rain, make sure to have repairs done as quickly as possible to prevent further
damage. Moisture in your home can lead to structural damage, including wood
rot, mold, and cracks in your foundation, so it’s best to tackle problems fast.
According to HomeAdvisor, the average cost to make these types of repairs range
from $2,269 to $13,623, depending on the
severity of the damage. You can avoid expensive repairs completely by taking
preventive measures to protect your home from the elements.
Lightning can also
cause extensive damage to your home. A lightning strike to the outside of your
home can set fire to flammable materials or damage gas piping, possibly causing
explosions. When lightning strikes a home, it often travels through exterior conductive
material and can jump to the home’s electrical system. This can damage home
appliances and even ignite fires inside. Protect your home from lightning with
a lightning rod or grounding system.
If your home is struck by lightning, call the fire
department to come to assess your property for damage and check for potential
Natural disasters such as hurricanes and
tornadoes bring all kinds of dangerous weather hazards that can cause damage to
your home. Severe winds, for example, can strip the shingles off your roof,
break your windows, and topple trees on your property. Safeguard your home from hurricane-force winds by anchoring
outdoor items or bringing them inside, trimming trees near your home, and
inspecting your roof. Flooding is one of the greatest hurricane hazards. To
prevent flood damage, CNBC recommends ensuring
that the ground surrounding your home slopes away from your foundation and
checking that your sump pump is working properly to remove any water that gets
into your basement.
While water and wind can cause all kinds of
damage to your home, so can high temperatures. Your roof is especially
susceptible to sun damage, so Able Roof recommends choosing a roofing material
that is built to withstand high heat and UV exposure. For
example, metal roofing tends to hold up better against heavy sunlight than
common asphalt roofing. Hot, humid weather can also damage
hardwood floors in your home, so install a whole-home humidifier to keep your
humidity levels under control during the summer.
Houses are built to withstand regular wear and
tear over time, but they aren’t always designed to hold up against serious
weather conditions. Older homes, in particular, tend to be especially
susceptible to damage during storms. Take steps to protect your investment now
so you can prevent the need for expensive repairs in the future.
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