Some parts of the country are experiencing extreme heat. And while most people are aware of the dangers of excessive heat to our personal health, they may not realize the serious damage it can cause to homes. Below are a few ways your home can be damaged from extreme heat and what you can do to protect it.
Protect your Home
Roof damage: High temperatures can cause roofing materials to deteriorate, leading to leaks and other damage.
- What to do: Inspect your roof and look for damaged tiles or shingles that need to be replaced.
Water leaks: Plumbing issues are often associated with frigid temps, but excessive heat can cause metal pipes to expand and crack, which can create a major water issue in your home.
- What to do: Have a plumber regularly inspect your home and install a water leak-detection and automatic shut off device. Get more information here.
Foundation issues: Extreme heat can cause the soil around a home to expand and contract, which can lead to foundation problems.
- What to do: Check the soil around your foundation and ensure it has not dried out. If it appears the dirt has started separating from the foundation, the soil is likely too dry. Consult with a landscaper or gardener and develop a water hydration plan for your home, which usually includes using sprinklers two to three times a week for up to half an hour.
HVAC overuse: Overworked systems can break down due to the extreme heat, leading to costly repairs or replacement.
- What to do: Maintain your HVAC system(s) regularly, including cleaning or replacing air filters and scheduling regular maintenance visits with professionals.
Mold and mildew: Humidity and heat can create the ideal conditions for mold and mildew growth.
- What to do: Use air filters with a minimum rating of MERV 8 to remove mold spores, dust, and other pollutants from the air. You can also contact a mold remediation specialist if you suspect there may be a mold issue in your home.
Keep Your Home Cooler
Here are some key practices to keep in mind for maintaining your home during the hot summer months:
Insulate and seal: Ensure walls, ceilings, and floors are properly insulated to keep heat out of your home. Attic spaces should be well ventilated, and windows and doors should be properly sealed.
Keep curtains or shades closed during peak heat hours: This will help keep your home noticeably cooler. It also helps take the load off your HVAC systems. Alternatively, you can install reflective window film to reflect sunlight away from the house.
Consider light-coloured or reflective roofing materials: the next time you build or remodel your home to reduce heat absorption.
Coat and seal your roof against UV rays and install vapour barriers: This can help prevent expansion, warping, cracked shingles, and dried-out caulk.
All tips provided above are courtesy of our business partner - Chubb Insurance