As we enter British summer, you may have a few things in mind to do to best prepare. This could be stocking up on sun cream, packing for your holiday, or picking out some summer reading material. What you might not be thinking about is how to prepare your home. That’s right, the sun and heat it brings in the summertime can have an impact on your property in ways you may not be aware of, and it’s important to know how to protect yourself, your home, and your family during very hot temperatures. Thankfully, at ServiceMaster Restore, we have you covered. Here are the best ways to prepare yourself and your home to beat the heat.
Stop sun and heat damage to paint
Most houses in the UK are built to withstand wind and rain. Sunlight and heat aren’t normally much of a consideration. So, when the sun does come along, our homes are not the best prepared. Heat has a bigger impact on our homes than we realise and usually, this is because the damage is invisible to the naked eye. For example, unlike warmer countries where heat is expected, our homes aren’t typically coated with a paint protector. The problem here is that heat and the invisible ultraviolet light from the sun can speed up the deterioration of the paint on your walls by drying it up and breaking down the emulsifiers that bind it together.
This can put you in danger of having paint that is cracked, or even powdery. Not only that, but high temperatures can also cause a further bubbling and flaking effect on your paintwork that causes the paint structure begins to degrade and fall away. To make matters worse, this can make your home susceptible to the spread of mould. To counteract this, consider applying a protective coating to your painted walls, especially if they were painted a while ago. There are many different types of exterior wall coatings on the market, so be sure to take the time to find one that best suits you.
Prevent damage to roof tiles
The sun and heat can also crack and damage your roof tiles. Not only can this be caused by direct sunlight, but also from the build-up of rising heat during warm weather. The increased humidity then also puts you in danger of your roof warping and expanding as excess heat and water vapour collect under the roof. Thankfully, there are measures you can take against such damages, including carrying out maintenance checks on your roof to ensure its condition. Alternatively, you could even apply a protective coating against UV rays and use a vapour barrier to stop water from amassing.
Minimize the heat… and the bugs
Most homes in the UK also aren’t equipped with air conditioning units – so when it gets hot, your only solution is to open windows and/or use a fan. The problem is, this always seems to invite a swarm of bugs inside, which can linger around for days! To beat the heat, try investing in some exterior window coverings or detachable screens. Not only do these provide you with some extra respite and shade, but they also prevent flies and other insects from making their way into your home.
Check your fridge and freezer are working properly
Your fridge and/or freezer units can use a lot of power, especially if there are struggling to work as they should. To make sure it’s working at maximum efficiency, it’s worth dusting off your appliance and then cleaning the coil to make sure your food stays cool when it’s hot out. Then it’s time to stock up. You, your family, and your pets may need a lot of things to keep cool when it’s very hot – and you’ll likely want to avoid going out in the heat as much as you can. So, make sure you have everything you need ahead of time.
Preparing the people in your household
Preparing the house itself is one thing, but preparing its inhabitants is a whole other story. Thankfully, we’ve also put together a checklist to keep yourself safe and happy during hot weather.
But should the worst happen and you find that the effects of the sun or heat cause damage to your home, be it mould, or surface damage. Don’t hesitate to contact the professionals. Our phone lines are open 24/7 so our ServiceMaster Restore technicians are here to help whatever the time, whatever the place. Call 0845 762 6828 in an emergency or find your nearest ServiceMaster Restore business today.
Written by Tom Page, Digital Content Writer