The reasons behind climate change are often a matter for debate, but the fact that the climate is changing is largely agreed upon. Whatever the reason, the changing face of our weather — and what it holds in store for the planet — is a constant source of speculation and concern.
The truth is that no one can be entirely sure what life will be like as the climate changes; there are simply too many variable factors. However, if you look at the trends up until this point in history, it’s possible to have some idea of what might be in store. Given that most of us prepare our homes and indulge in home improvements for a change of season, what might we have to do when we’re preparing for an entire change of climate?
- Expect A Lot More Rain (Unless You’re In California)
Rain is an inevitable circumstance of the changing climate, so you need to be as prepared as possible for deluges — unless you live in California, which looks set to continue to experience record droughts.
If rain is going to be a problem for where you live, then you need to prepare. If your roof is past its best, then get in touch with the likes of KTM Roofing to see how you can protect against the deluge. Also get into the habit of checking and clearing your drains and gutters; you’re going to need them.
Think of your house as having an external shell, which can be penetrated by ruinous water if you are not diligent about its upkeep. Obviously, this means you’re going to need to focus on the roof, but think about all the other areas that moisture might be able to creep into your home. Seal holes in the masonry, and it never hurts to have a few sandbags on hand — especially if you live in a flood-prone area.
- Winter Will Start Earlier; Last Longer
Winter technically starts on December 21st, but most of us experience some kind of winter weather way in advance of this — as early as November in some cases. As the climate changes, we may begin to see this weather arriving in October. This means you will need to bring forward your plans to cope with the possibility of being snowed in, and add antifreeze to various liquid-based products earlier on.
- Periods Of Sustained Snow Are More Likely
The past few winters have seen the USA struggle with so-called Arctic blasts of freezing weather; this is likely to be even more commonplace. Arctic blasts are such a severe form of weather that your preparation should be focused on just making it through; so stock up on canned goods, and a generator can be useful in case you need alternative power supplies.
It also helps to think about how long periods of freezing weather can take its toll on your pipes. You can buy fleeces to wrap around external pipes, which can help to prevent them from freezing. Frozen pipes might sound like nothing more than a temporary inconvenience, but it can actually be a huge problem. If the pipes burst as a result of the constant freezing and thawing, then your home plumbing system could be out of commission for a very long time indeed. Even if you don’t want to actively wrap any external pipes, at least try and ensure that pipes stay as warm as possible by keeping your heating system running — even if it’s at a low temperature — during times of sustained cold.
- Coping Without Power Might Be More Necessary
Talking of a generator, this is definitely a good purchase as the climate continues to change. Many severe weather events — such as hurricanes and snowstorms — have a tendency to send the power grid crashing down. If you can’t afford a generator, then stock up on candles and warm clothing — you’re going to need heat and light sources if your home loses power.
It’s also a good idea to have no-water options for cleaning yourself, such as no-rinse or dry shampoo and antibacterial hand gels. These might not be able to make you feel as clean as a proper shower would, but they should at least keep you comfortable until the power is back and you’re able to wash as you normally would. If you have children, then a stock of baby wipes is an essential purchase — put them somewhere safe and only use them in case of an emergency.
The climate is undoubtedly changing, but by keeping your mind on the above potential solutions, your house can be sure to roll with those changes as best you can.