With a number of storms in the UK recently as well as a number of others around the world, preparation is key. With record rainfall and faster wind speeds, there is much more that needs to be done to ensure that your home is weatherproofed. In this article, we will be providing you with some insight into how you can prepare your home for the next storm without spending a small fortune.
Check The Gutters
One of the easiest ways to prepare for a storm is to check your guttering. If your guttering becomes full of leaves this can prevent the water from draining away and may cause damage. If there is a storm coming, then cleaning your gutters is advised. This will remove debris such as leaves and branches and will prevent a clog that could break the guttering. This should be checked every 6 months to ensure that nothing is preventing drainage from taking place.
Secure The Fencings
If you are backing on to other gardens, it is important to secure any loose fence panels. This will prevent injury and prevent dogs and cats from ending up in someone’s home. By replacing older fence panels, you will prevent them from falling over and keep your boundaries in tack. In addition to this, it may be worth talking to your neighbours about securing these fences as this will save you money in the long term when it comes to replacing fence panels that have been torn down due to harsh winds.
Check The Roof For Leaks
If you are living in a slightly older home, it may be worth looking at the roof and replacing any roofing materials that have come loose. Whether this replacing the tiling or opting for a corrugated roofing solution to add additional drainage and protection to your roof, this can keep your house protected in a storm.
In addition to this, checking your loft space for any damp patches will benefit you in the long term as this can prevent any additional damage. This leak can be signs of damage to the roof and will, therefore, need to be prepared to prevent water damage.
Buy A Generator
The final element that you can opt for ahead of an upcoming storm is purchasing a generator. Though this may not be able to power all your home, this will give you enough electricity to power the kitchen and other key areas of your home. This can be used as a backup should the power go out for more than just a few hours. This generator can be kept in a shed or a storage cupboard and can be used in the event of an emergency. Though this may not be used half of the time, this is definitely worth having in case of an emergency.
Whether you have been affected by the storms in the UK recently or you are looking to weatherproof your home ahead of strong winds to come, each of these steps is the perfect way to do so. Which will you be starting with first?