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Houston, we have summer heat!
 
We are no stranger to the heat that Texas summers bring here, especially in Houston when the humidity is so thick!

Summer heat can also damage your beloved home, and over time create some major problems! Take a moment to read through the below summer time issues!

1. Your foundation can become brittle and cracked due to the dryness that comes with heat. Foundations depends on the moisture of the soil it's set on. Once this soil dries out, it shrinks and can separate from the foundation. You can prevent this by keeping the soil moist, by using a sprinkler system in the later parts of the day, when the ground is starting to cool.

2. Humidity is so high, especially here in the bayou city. Believe it or not, the humidity does a lot more than give us bad hair days...it can give you a bad floor day too. Humidity can actually cause hardwood flooring to warp and buckle. You can prevent this by running dehumidifiers in your home, and using small amounts of water to clean your flooring.

3. Your roof is extremely susceptible to heat damage. Humidity can build in the top portions of your home, and cause shingles to deteriorate, and causing the roof to warp and buckle. You can prevent this by having the proper ventilation in your roof.

4. Heat poses a major problem for your plumbing pipes. Improperly sealed pipes can burst, or leak due to high water pressure. You can prevent this by having a plumber come out to check all of your pipes, as well as having your foundation checked. A cracking foundation can cause pipes to crack as well.

5. Your AC units. Most of us have had the unfortunate run in with an AC unit going out in the dead of summer. Not fun. Heat can cause a lot of damage to AC unit, as well as dust and debris that has built up on the outside unit over the last winter. You can take preventative measures by having your AC Inspector come out, and thoroughly check / clean your unit. Also consider darker curtains during the summer months to block out the days highest heat. This keeps your AC from having to work overtime.

We hope that these tips are helpful! As always, call us today to go over your current home insurance policy. If summer decides to throw you a curve ball, you don't want to be caught up a creek!

Creekside Risk Management
(832) 521-1500

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Posted 12:26 PM

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