Nature is all around us, and no matter how much we like to think we are in control, sometimes she just gets the upper hand. Some regions seem to be getting some big wild weather headlines lately. It can really pay to make sure that you do everything you can to protect your family and your property.
Storm Force Winds
It would be naive to say that you can do that much if a devastating storm with hurricane type winds is bearing down on your property. Apart from that is, to stay safe and secure in a protected area. But there are steps to take that can minimise the damage to your home. Prevention is always the best way to tackle any potential home disaster. It can be a good idea to make sure that you keep a regular check on the state of your roof for example. Any cracked tiles or slates should be replaced. Likewise, any missing slates should be reinstated. If you have roofing iron make sure that it is secure and attend to any fixings that are working their way loose. Check the state of your guttering as well. Ensure that it is secure and that all brackets are in place. You should make sure that any debris is cleared and that your gutters and down pipes are in good working order.
If you live in an exposed area prone to high winds, you might consider having some storm covers made up for your windows. These can be clipped on if necessary to protect against damage. One of the leading causes of storm damage is debris being blown around and falling trees and branches. Make sure that your garden furniture and items such as trampolines are secured and stored appropriately.
A storm is not a good time to discover that you have diseased or dying trees. Call an arborist to check on the state of any trees you have and to prune and cut them back as necessary.
Heavy Rain events.
Your roof inspection will have helped you ensure that water is directed away from the house. However, there are other areas of concern regarding flooding. One of the most common is the risk of basement flooding. Taking professional advice can help you understand the issues. Take a look here as RestorationEze discusses common causes of basement flooding. They can help you find ways to deal with the situation. There are many practical steps that you can take to direct water away from your property.
Flooding is a result of too much water having no place to go. Water will always find the weakest spot. It may be that you can install a french drain in your yard or garden. There are also sump pumps that you can have installed in your basement. Above all check that your downpipes are working, and that water has somewhere to go away from your property. Make sure that all storm drains are cleared and ready for any deluge.
Keep on top of these checks and you will be doing the best you can to prepare and protect your property in the event of a storm. This can also be a good time to make sure that your emergency kit and supplies are in good order and up to date. And hope that storm passes overhead without too much damage.