It doesn’t matter whether you live in a stylish two storey townhouse, an elaborate double storey home or a traditional single storey property; storm damage is always a real possibility for any home. Storm proofing your home from the beginning is the best way to keep you and your family safe.
Living in Australia, we tend to be a lot more focused on preparing our homes for excessive heat and fires, but storm damage is another factor that is often overlooked.
While we are warned about most incoming storms, there are always those that hit unexpectedly. Making sure your home and yard are prepared can help prevent any major damage. The chance that you could be out or away when a storm hits, makes storm-proofing your home even more important.
Here Are Our Tips And Tricks How You Can Storm Proof Your Home;
Maintain Trees and Bushes
Apart from wind and hail, trees are perhaps one of the biggest causes of damage to houses and property during storms.
Keeping bushes and trees regularly trimmed throughout the year will reduce this problem greatly, as this is the type of job that you wouldn’t be able to do last minute when an unexpected storms blow in.
Keep a look out for trees and branches that are too close to powerlines, roofs or windows as these can especially pose a risk.
Keep Your Yard Tidy
Anything that is not tied down or fixed in place can cause issues during a storm, as unrestrained objects can become dangerous missiles. Gardening tools, plants and outdoor furniture are the biggest culprits.
While it isn’t practical to have a completely empty yard, trying to minimise the risk is recommended. If you know a storm is coming, store loose furniture or objects in the garage away from the wind and/or by tying them down.
Keep On Top Of House Maintenance
Prevention is always better than cure, so it is a good idea to check your home (especially the external structures) every few months. Anything broken or loose can detach during a storm and cause damage.
Here is a simple list to keep handy for routine maintenance:
- Check that windows and screens are properly secured.
- Make sure your roof is in good condition.
- Look over any pergolas or shade structures, if anything needs repairing do it as soon as possible.
- Clear any debris from gutters, and also make sure that there are no blockages in drain pipes which can lead to water overflow issues.
Check Your Insurance
Schedule some time in for a call with your home and contents insurance provider. Check exactly what you are insured for, and that your insurance is up to date – you don’t want to find out too late that you are not covered for certain events.
Keep a dedicated supply of essential items for if or when a particularly heavy storm arrives.
In case of a power outage, stock up on torches and batteries, or candles and matches/lighters. It is also a good idea to have basic medical supplies on hand, or a first aid kit.
Keep them somewhere where they can easily be accessed when needed, and make sure every member of your family knows where they are kept.
Keeping up to date with all these jobs ensures your home will be less likely to be severely damaged during a storm. For further information, or for anything else get in touch with our team today.