It’s not just the freezing cold weather that can damage your home. Extreme heat can also be a problem. This is why it’s important to keep an eye on certain aspects of your home during a summer heatwave. Below are just 6 things in your home that can break in the summer heat.
While some roofing materials are able to withstand extreme heat, others are not so reliant. Asphalt shingles are typically not able to withstand a lot of heat and can become cracked during high temperatures. Missing shingles can make your roof look less attractive and could expose your roof to rainwater leaks. Make sure to check your roof annually in summer to ensure that it is not too damaged so that you can get it fixed before winter arrives.
The heat can also damage some forms of flooring including hardwood and laminate. Hardwood can expand in the heat and warp, while direct sunlight can cause laminate flooring to fade. To avoid flooring damage, make sure that flooring is not regularly exposed to direct sunlight – drawing the curtains or blinds on a hot summer’s day may be enough to prevent this.
Just as cold weather can burst pipes, so can hot weather. This is particularly the case with underground pipes – as soil dries out and contracts, it can cause pipes to shift. Older pipes are likely to burst under the strain. Such damage may be covered by homeowner’s insurance (if you don’t have this, it could be worth taking it out). If your pipes are old, it could also be worth getting a plumber to inspect them if you suspect that they may be at risk of bursting.
Your air conditioning
Air conditioning systems have to work overtime in extreme heat to keep your home cool. If your AC system is already quite old, it could be more likely to break. It’s worth seeking out AC repair as soon as you notice any problems, whether it be odd noises or a lack of cool air coming out. Servicing your air conditioning annually before summer comes around can help to detect any problems early so that they can be fixed before the heat arrives.
Refrigerators also have to work harder to stay cool in hot weather. While many modern fridges are able to adjust to high temperatures without too much trouble, older refrigerators can sometimes struggle to produce enough cooling power. This makes summer the most common time for refrigerators and freezers to pack up. Keeping your kitchen cool will reduce the risk of this happening. If your fridge is very old, you may also want to consider investing in a new one before summer comes around.
Your home’s foundations
Extreme heat alone is unlikely to damage your home’s foundations, however, it can make existing foundation problems worse. The heat causes moisture loss within the soil, causing it to contract, which can then increase the risk of subsidence. Watch out for new cracks in walls that form in summer and doors that suddenly start sticking/refusing to stay closed – this could be a sign that your home’s foundations are damaged. Get them inspected if you suspect there may be a problem.
Finally, it’s worth considering your car. Prolonged extreme heat can damage your car battery and increase tire pressure making them prone to becoming over-inflated. Direct sunlight can also cause the paint on your car to become faded. This is why you should try to keep your car parked somewhere shady in extreme heat where possible.