Many homeowners understand the importance of home maintenance in the winter and spring, but many forget about the tasks that are necessary in the summer. In the middle of the summer, when the heat is the worst, the exterior of your home can take quite a beating. The combination of heat and humidity can cause a variety of issues including mold growth, cracked foundations, and improperly sealed windows and doors. Understanding what to look for is essential in keeping your home at its greatest efficiency.
Look for Mold
Periodically take the time to inspect the exterior and dark, damp interior portions of your home for mold growth. Dark, damp places are a breeding ground for this toxic substance. If you find it early on, you can rectify the situation easily. Areas to check include around the foundation, in your basement, crawl space as well as the attic. If mold is found, it is important to have your roof, insulation and siding checked for leaks to determine what needs to be repaired to prevent further growth.
Check for Cracks
Extreme temperature changes can cause cracks and stresses in your foundation as well as your walls. Inspecting the perimeter of your foundation as well as your siding very closely throughout the summer can help to prevent serious issues from occurring. Look for small or large cracks, popped nails and sagging siding. These could all be signs of damage to your home due to excessive heat.
Open your Windows and Doors
Windows and doors are extremely susceptible to the swelling that is caused by heat. Take the time to open and close all of your windows and doors periodically. If they don’t seem to operate smoothly or are not closing properly, you could have a busted seal. Also look for the presence of water spots or damage as another sign of leaking.
Check the Roof
Roof inspections should only be done by a professional. The direct heat from the sun can cause damage to your shingles, causing them to curl or become dry and crack. Any damage to your shingles puts your roof at risk for leaking, which could cause further problems inside your home. Having your roof inspected either during or right after the summer heat is essential to its longevity.