Wet Weather Woes: Protecting Your Home Against Rain and Storms

There’s a chill in the air, and the summer weather is almost done for the year. What that means is cozy autumn nights, hot chocolate and movie nights in front of the fire- there’s definitely a certain magic in the changing season. However there are some downsides too, and cold, wet weather can cause issues around the home that can be a hassle to fix. Before the rainy, stormy weather comes back, here are a few areas to address to make sure your home is ready for the changing season.

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The Roof

Strong winds can cause tiles to fall off roofs, and when this happens, you can end up with leaks that cause severe damage in the home. It’s worth getting up on a ladder and seeing if you can spot any missing or loose tiles and make sure they’re put right, according to http://www.charlotteroofing.com/charlotte-roofing-contractor/ you should make sure the company you pick is a true roofing contractor to ensure the quality of the work. Make sure any issues are put right as soon as possible and keep an eye out for missing tiles later in the year when the stormy weather picks up.

 

Gutters

The gutters on your home are another area that you need to keep a close eye on over the colder months. Before the rainy weather fully arrives, it’s worth getting up on a ladder with a pair of gardening gloves on and scrape out all of the accumulated gunk. Things like litter and leaf litter can accumulate, if the gutters become blocked they can begin to leak and cause leaks and moisture issues inside the home. If you have a nice rendering or your house is painted it can also stain this and spoil the curb appeal. https://www.houselogic.com/organize-maintain/home-maintenance-tips/how-to-clean-rain-gutters/ has information on how you can clean your gutters if you’re unsure, or you could call in a professional.

 

Black Mold

When it’s cold outside and warm inside, you get the issue of condensation. Unfortunately, these damp areas where moisture condenses provides the perfect environment for black mold to grow, which is why it’s usually worse at this time of year. Not only does this look unpleasant but it can also cause health issues too, mold releases spores which can cause respiratory problems. It’s even more of a problem in people who are vulnerable due to their age or have existing health issues, https://www.cdc.gov/mold/dampness_facts.htm has more information about this. Use extractor fans in kitchens and bathrooms to remove moisture in the air, or at the very least make sure you’re opening windows. This will prevent moisture from settling on walls, ceilings and around windows. If you do start getting mold, clean it off with an antifungal cleaner and paint the area with a mold resistant paint.

 

Have you spent much time considering how you will protect your home when the rainy weather rolls back around? Have you tackled any of these jobs yet this year?

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