Monday, March 25, 2013

How to Protect Your Home from Terrible Weather

We know us Brits are famous for talking about the weather, but we have had an awful lot to talk about over recent years. However, there are steps you can take to protect your home from terrible weather.
1. Winter Weather
Lag Pipes and Water Tanks: Freezing water can cause major problems within the home. Lag the areas that are at risk and repair leaking taps to reduce the risk of frozen water gathering in pipes which could burst when the thaw starts.

Keep Your Home Warm: Maintaining a constant temperature in the home can reduce the threats of cold weather. Consider keeping your central heating on low throughout the day and night in extreme temperatures. Also ensure you have adequate insulation in your loft and roof to stop warmth escaping.

Clear Your Gutters: Falling debris, especially from Autumn leaves, can block gutters and cause them to overflow. This will concentrate more water on your roof and foundations which can cause problems.

Check for small cracks or breakages: Small cracks in chimneys and roofs can become much bigger when frost sets in. Take a look around your home and carry out those small repairs to avoid even greater jobs in the future.
2. High Winds
Check for Loose Tiles: Tiles that are cracked or loose can easily be blown off in high winds. This will expose your roof and could create damage to neighboring property. Ensure your roof is in a good state of repair and make regular checks to identify any potential problem areas.

Check Fences and Boundaries: Loose fence posts can be particularly vulnerable during high winds. Ensure all fences are in good repair and there are no signs of cracks or wood rot. Try to cut back branches on overhanging trees which may fall on your home when the winds come.

Clear Away Debris: After the winds have died down, clear away debris as soon as possible. This will allow you to identify any repairs required and stop blockages that could lead to potential flooding.
3. Flooding

Flood Defence Systems: If your home is at high risk of flooding then investing in flood defense systems can reduce the level of flood damage. Items such as flood guards, covers for ventilation bricks and special 'non-return' valves for drain pipes are all readily available. Alternatively local councils may provide temporary flood defence systems free of charge but only when the potential threat is sufficient.

Use Water Resistant Products: Though it is hard to keep flood water coming into your home, it is possible to choose products that will be more resistant to damage. Avoid using chip board and other water permeable products within the home. Opt for solid wood, plastic or stainless steel which is less prone to damage. Furthermore, choose floor coverings that can be removed rather than fitted carpets which are likely to shrink if they are taken up. Keep valuable items and important documents on high shelves or store them upstairs wherever possible.

Guest Post provided by, a disaster restoration company with 12 years experience in dealing with the worst of UK weather.

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