After last year’s series of storms, it’s worth thinking ahead to what could come in 2019. As temperatures drop, we could see similar extreme conditions batter properties across the UK once again.
To prepare for this, now is a great time to start taking steps to take care of your home and ready it for strong winds and icy weather. If you’re looking for some ideas to help you prep your property, here is a checklist to work through so that you’re ready for the storm.
While you can make practical changes to your home to protect it, it’s worth double checking your current home insurance policy in case the worst happens. Paying for unforeseen building repairs can be costly, so ensuring you’re covered can give you peace of mind should extreme weather hit.
Check the Roof
Start at the top of the house and work your way down. The roof takes the brunt of the stormy weather, so take the time to assess its condition.
Replacing the whole thing can be expensive, however by inspecting it at least twice a year, you can keep up with the replacement of any loose slates and shingles and avoid paying for a new roof.
Keep Gutters Clear
Clearing guttering of leaves and debris before the winds arrive means that they will allow the water to flow away from your property.
This is important because if left to build up, the guttering will become clogged and water will have nowhere to go, so it could start to leak onto the roof and cause damp patches at the side of the building.
Trim the Trees
Any trees or hedges that are close to the house should be trimmed back. Large branches can cause severe damage during gales, so regularly remove excess tree limbs in order to reduce the risk to the building.
Seal Doors and Windows
Assess any weak points in doors and windows and strengthen them with draught excluders, while sealant can help to provide extra protection in the storms. Investing in thicker glass could be an option, too, should you have the budget and you think any single glazing might be too weak in the extreme weather.
Handle a Power Cut
As well as securing your building, knowing how to deal with a situation where the power goes out can be essential during a storm. Ensure you have plenty of torches, plus batteries; keep your mobile phone charged so you can contact others for help; and switch off any non-essential electrical items and appliances.
Do you feel ready for another storm-filled winter? How are you planning on preparing your property for the extreme weather?