Summertime is known for nice weather, with outdoor activities and trips being far more common in order to take advantage of the enjoyable climate. However, this doesn’t come without its drawbacks, and similar to how bugs and heat affect you, the same applies to your home. Homeowners should have an understanding as to what they can expect to encounter over this season, and prepare themselves for it as a result. Here are some common problems homes tend to run into over the summer, and how to prevent them.
Summer is known for many things, such as warm weather, beach days, and sunny hikes in the countryside. Of course, not everything is great, and similar to how bugs and extreme heat can cause you harm, the same applies to your home. Therefore, homeowners should be knowledgable the possible new threats that come with the arrival of warm weather, as well as what to do to prepare for it. Here are some problems your home will probably encounter over the summer.
Mosquitoes and flies during the summer are undoubtedly annoying, but that isn’t the only insects that will be bothering you. If you live in a drier area, you may have to worry about termites, who become far more active during the summer. Termites eat and move 24/7, meaning that it can be tough to hunt them down. Oftentimes unchecked termite damage can lead to severe structural instability, and even collapse. Therefore, the best thing you can do is ensure your siding is in good shape. Make sure that the outer layer of paint is free of cracks and peeling to ensure there are no gaps insects can enter from. If there are any, they can be sealed up with a fresh coat of paint, though severe damage will likely require a full replacement.
Mold thrives in hot and humid conditions, making summer the most likely time for it to grow. Mold tends to thrive in enclosed spaces such as your wall’s interiors and your attic space. Excessive mold growth can have a severe detriment to your health, triggering allergies or respiratory illness. Avoiding this is relatively simple: have functioning air conditioning that cools and circulates your indoor climate, and have your roofing and siding checked by a professional to make sure there are no gaps and cracks to let moisture in. Our contractors would be happy to help.
Malfunctioning Air Conditioner
An AC unit is a godsend during the summer, as they provided much needed respite when the heat outside becomes unbearable. Without a functioning AC, you are at greater risk towards suffering from dehydration and heatstroke. However, they are usually not in use for most of the year, and can sometimes malfunction due to disuse. To prevent breakdowns and inefficiency, keep the surrounding area clear of dust and debris that can get sucked in and clog the filters. However in the case that it is a more severe problem, have an HVAC professional inspect your AC system.