As I sit here writing this, I find myself listening to the pitter patter of raindrops for what seems like the thousandth time this month. The rainy weather has been nearly constant this spring and it shows no signs of letting up. A few dull thunderclaps can be heard off in the distance and while I drink my coffee, I feel that soft satisfaction roll over me – who doesn’t love a nice thunderstorm in the early morning hours to knock some of the edge off the heat of the day and start things with the kind of slow pace that only rain can bring to the day. While the rainy weather can make for great sleeping, it can cause a lot of issues for homeowners and become quite the nuisance.
Rainy Weather Effects on Your Home
Rainy weather, particularly the highly volatile nature of thunderstorms, can bring with it hail as we’ve already seen. Hail is a bad word in real estate offices right now as the recent storms wrecked havoc on homes under contract and because such large areas were affected by sizable hail, getting a roofer or claims adjuster to take a look at your home has become harder by the day. Some roofers have said they are backed up until November! The damage to rooftops, windows, fences, decks, and skylights is costly, and when a home is under contract, there is little time to waste to get these items repaired. Everything becomes an emergency, and because the rain doesn’t stop, it becomes even more difficult as roof replacement and repair have to be timed to the weather. Many homeowners are frustrated and closings are delayed, causing a ripple effect to other closings that had no issues of hail damage. We as agents find ourselves juggling the repair schedules and the closing calendars trying to make both work together and keep everyone on track from the sellers and buyers to the lenders, inspectors, and title companies. It’s not easy, but we keep making progress every day as we work magic and pull in favors from roofers and other tradespeople to get things done as quick as we can.
Consistent rain leads to saturated ground…and that leads to the dreaded F word: flooding. Even homes not in flood plains can experience flooding. Whether caused by oversaturated soil, water runoff, backed up gutters, clogged drains, or even as we saw recently, wind blowing so forcefully that it literally forced water under doors and into small holes that normally wouldn’t be noticed and take on water – all of these can cause panic in even the most stoic of homeowners. The rainy weather just won’t quit and all that water has to go somewhere. It’s also affecting some sellers as buyers are now seeing water pooling in places water wouldn’t normally and are asking for French drains to be installed, changes to the grade of the property, or just flat out refusing to even consider the home as a potential purchase.
Water and dampness, particularly in hot, humid weather brings another dreaded intrusion – mold. Mold is probably one of the biggest dangers, as left unchecked, it can spread to places you can’t see (inside the walls in particular) and create a hostile environment for those with weakened immune systems or breathing difficulties. Early detection and remediation are the keys here. Calling a mold removal
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