When it comes to your home, there are many silent killers. Floods, fires, and electrical incidents are all dangers well known by the common homeowner, but there are many other threats that most people don’t think about. To make the most of your home’s longevity, you’ll need to know what other threats are out there and how to identify the damage.
Salt Water and Salt Air
Living close to the coast is a major selling point for many homeowners, but most aren’t aware of the damage that salt water and salt air can do to a home. Salt corrodes metal easily, and it leaves a residue on surfaces that can eat away at materials over time. Electrical wiring, window glass and trim, protective sealants, and more are all vulnerable to damage when in contact with salt water and salt air.
Coastal homeowners should properly maintain their homes with preventative measures against salt damage, including clearing away salt buildup regularly.
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It shouldn’t be surprising that heat could damage your home – it’s known to damage everything else from your hair to your favorite outfit. Almost every material with which your home is constructed will suffer damage due to excessive heat from the sun.
Your roof can become bleached and warped, your siding can discolor and melt, and your indoor furnishings can be ruined by UV exposure. While you might feel hopeless in protecting your home from the sun, consider adding shade with landscaping and structures, repainting and resealing your exterior, and installing blinds or curtains.
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Did you know that the very thing protecting your beautiful landscaping is also damaging your home? Improper landscaping design using mulch too close to the home’s exterior can result in invisible water damage. Because mulch is designed to retain moisture so your plants can thrive, it also creates the perfect environment for pests and growths and continuously exposes your home’s exterior to moisture.
If you use mulch around your home, or you know that you have poor drainage around the perimeter, you’ll want to check for rot and other signs of water damage as well as termites.
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Keep Your Home Safe with Advance Inc.
Salt water, heat, and mulch are not the only threats to your home’s exterior. At Advance Inc., we do our best to educate homeowners about the risks they face in neglecting routine inspections and repairs. Stay vigilant in learning about the different kinds of damage to your home’s exterior and how to identify them – you’ll be able to catch damage early to make the necessary repairs while the expense is minimal.
If you’ve noticed any signs of damage from salt water, heat, mulch, or any other threat, contact us as soon as possible for an inspection and consultation.