How Does Heat Affect Your Home?September 15, 2018
When we consider how the weather and elements can impact our homes, our brains generally go directly to moisture and rain, to the cold and the snow. It’s true that these can cause catastrophic things to happen to your home, but that’s not the topic of today’s post. For those who are visiting the VIC Underpinners blog for the first time, we welcome you! Here is your hub for information not just related to the VIC Underpinners services and products, not just to restumping, reblocking and underpinning, but rather a platform to show our passion for the broader industry and how exactly VIC contributes and supports it. We know that the work doesn’t just include our best-in-class underpinning offerings, but a passion for how it impacts many different pieces of your home and makes your life safer and more comfortable.
In the vein of keeping your life safe and comfortable, today, we’re discussing how heat affects your home. The temperatures are rising and we’re sure that it’s on your mind. Sure, you can turn on the air conditioning if you have it or open the windows if you don’t, but we’re not just talking about how you feel in the heat. Your home takes a beating as well.
Let’s first look at the structural damage. When you have an abundance of dry, hot air moving through your home, it removes all moisture in its way. Consider it a villain on a mission. While we don’t want excess moisture in the wood that was engineered as the structure of your home because it causes the wood to swell, when there is no moisture in the air at all, the wood does just the opposite. It will diminish and create air creaks, spaces, squeaks and creaking noises when you move around.
Dry air can also negatively impact your electrical energy. If the air indoors is too dry, you may experience a shock touching metal or other materials. This is because the materials are holding on to each other too tightly, due to the total lack of moisture.
Finally, heat and dry air can impact your possessions in ways that might surprise you. If you have any organic products that were designed with wood or paper, they are more likely to split, break or warp due to lack of moisture.
So, what can you do? You can call the team at VIC Underpinners. We’re well-versed in homes of all shapes and sizes, built with every material possible. That’s what happens when you’ve been in the business as long as we have. The work starts with ensuring that your foundation is well fortified by underpinning it properly, but it continues through the rest of your home. We’re always available to answer any questions that you might have about your home, or just discuss whatever topic is interesting to you. At VIC Underpinners, we don’t look at our customers as customers, we look at them as friends for life.