Thursday, July 6, 2017

Get Your Home Ready to Weather Any Storm

Though we are in the height of summer at the moment, you never know when bad weather could strike. And when it does, you will want to be sheltered and protected from it inside your home. While the weather is good, it is the perfect time to prepare yourself for when storms start brewing on the horizon. So, let’s take a look at some of the ways that you can get your home ready to take on the elements.

Do a Quick Inspection

The first thing that you need to do is to inspect the outside of your property for any signs of risk that are obvious and preventable. There are all kinds of things that could cause damage including loose roof tiles, damaged fences and crumbling brickwork. These are the areas where bad weather could cause some damage and cause a risk to your home and your family so you should take care of them at the earliest possible opportunity.

Keep Your Home Sealed

When the wind starts to pick up, you want to make sure that your home is sealed tight so you keep any unwanted draughts out. Wind speed can put a lot of pressure on a range of different aspects of the building, so you should keep the property well-sealed on the outside. Check all the exterior corners and outdoor water faucets. Also, you should seal up any gaps in the foundations with caulk to protect your home from cold air and water.

Up on the Roof

Obviously, the roof is one of the most exposed parts of any home, so it needs to be well-secured to defend it against stormy conditions. Inspect it from the ground or inside your loft so that you get a view of any issues that may arise. You could call in the specialists DryHome Roofing & Siding to give a more professional overview. What you are looking out for includes mould, rusty nails, saggy material and any signs of leakage. Also look out for damaged guttering.

Watch Your Windows

When the wind is howling outside and your windows start to shake, you may feel like they are about to break at any time. A simple solution is to draught-proof them using a sealant. You can also give your entry doors and added layer of security with hinges and locks. If you are especially worried that flying debris could some crashing through your windows at any moment, you can give them an added layer of protection with some plywood.

Check for Any Unsecured Garden Items

All kind of garden items can cause problems in high winds including chairs, tables, umbrellas and even trampolines! Make sure you store everything that is at risk of blowing away inside a garden shed or at least ensure that it is well-secured. Trim back any trees with overhanging branches and double check your garage doors are strong enough to be able to withstand any winds that start picking up so your car is protected. 

Feel free to share some of your own tips!! 

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