If you’re a homeowner, then you know that nature can be brutal to your house. Even with the best materials and the best intentions, things beyond your control can go very wrong. Sometimes this happens quickly, and other times destructive elements creep into your life unseen, and then can be very costly to correct.
Five situations in particular to be aware of from the natural world that can create home improvement woes include termites, carpenter ants, water damage from leaks and bad seals, tree roots against your foundation, and even heat from the sun that damages your windows and window sills.
Termites Create Havoc
In certain areas of the world, termites can be the scourge of any homeowner’s existence. They can create a lot of damage very quickly, and once they get started working, getting rid of them can be very expensive, and repairing damage can be very costly as well. If you notice any termites at all, you want to call professionals quickly – they will help you identify the steps required, and will probably head your way to do a thorough inspection right away.
Carpenter Ants Can Be a Mess
Another menace of the natural bug variety is going to be carpenter ants. If you live in places where tree branches touch your roof, specifically, then you’ll want to regularly check for carpenter ants. There are easy-to-spot signs that they’ve invaded. However, what isn’t easy is going to be getting rid of them if you’ve already got an infestation. Again, the best idea is to contact a professional service as soon as possible for treatment options.
Water Damage Creates Mold Issues
If you have any slow leaks in your home, then water may be getting into roof lines and ceilings without you knowing it. And what comes from damp areas that don’t get dry, especially when they’re dark and warm? That’s right – mold central. And preventing mold is a much better idea than getting rid of it, but you should know the correct steps for both situations.
Trees Are Bad For Cement Foundations
Nature lovers will enjoy having big trees close to their homes, but the problem with this is that big trees have big roots, and big roots can grow into home foundations and cause nasty structural damage that is extremely difficult to spot until it’s too late. Your best bet is to make sure to keep your large trees some distance away.
Sun Can Make Windows Brittle
And especially if you have big south or west facing windows, the sun can do a number on wood, aluminum, and plastic window frames and sills. Having awnings that provide shade will help you keep this type of damage down, as well as provide you with extra options against other weather conditions.