I’m singin’ in the rain
Just singin’ in the rain.
What a glorious feeling
I’m happy again.
Gene Kelly might enjoy a pas-de-deux in the rain, but for anyone else, rain could mean troubles. Nobody likes to get wet, that’s why most of us choose to stay indoors when the sky gets gray, and the ground is covered in puddles. However, the idea of staying at home and enjoying the sound of raindrops tapping the window is not always as comforting as people assume. In fact, you’d be surprised to know that your cozy at-home stay could turn to a Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day when it’s raining outside.
It can get in or create leaks
What is the best way to know if your home is weatherproof? Staying in the living room and watching a small puddle of water forms just underneath the window as the rain is pouring outside is the fastest way to know. While there’s no denying that if there’s an issue, you’d want to notice it as early as possible, it’s fair to say that the last thing you want when you’re trying to stay dry is to worry about your home letting the rain in. Typically, your window frames can get damaged over time, especially if they are made of wood. Therefore, puddles are more likely to appear underneath or around your window when the weather takes a turn for the worse.
It can affect your structure
You may not notice issues, but it doesn’t mean that your home is protected against the rain. A thorough home inspection can reveal the extent of a leak, for instance. Indeed, it’s not uncommon for invisible leaks to infiltrate your house structure, which can affect the sturdiness of your walls and even your foundations. How can a leak be unseen? More often than not, invisible leaks tend to occur in places you don’t notice – such as the basement – either because you don’t spend a lot of time in those rooms or because it’s not directly accessible. We had a leak near the fireplace from badly installed flashing around the chimney when our new roof was put on. Had we not been home to see the initial path of the water, where the puddle ended up would have been very confusing. Thankfully, fixing the flashing was easy.
It makes you feel sad and gloomy
Have you noticed how your mood can fluctuate with the weather? Most people tend to feel happier during the summer because they get a lot of direct sunshine. When the exposure to direct sunlight reduces, aka in winter, you can feel gloomier. But you probably didn’t expect the rain to have a similar effect on you. Nearly 9% of people can be affected by negative emotions during a downpour. It increases feelings of loneliness and low self-esteem, even if you didn’t feel particularly down.
It affects your comfort levels
What is your go-to drink or snack when the weather is bad? It can be a good idea to track your eating habits when it’s raining. A lot of people tend to prefer sugary treats and drinks with high calorific content. When the weather outside is frightful, don’t try to soothe yourself with unhealthy “comfort” food. If you’re not careful, you could put your health at risk. Indeed, sugar can create cravings, which in the long term, could transform your eating habits.
Rain can ruin your day and even have lasting consequences, not only on the health of your house but also on your personal health. From putting your home at risk to potentially adding a few unhealthy habits to your diet, rain can be an enemy that you can only defeat if you understand its dangers.