Where you one of the many East Lancashire residents who woke up to a path of destruction, after an unseasonably windy spell at the beginning of the month? With gusts as strong as 78mph recorded, trees were uprooted and blocked access routes in Castle Road Colne, Aberdeen Drive in Blackburn, Mayfield Gardens in Oswaldtwistle and branches were strewn across Nelson town centre too.
So as we enter the height of summer you may think it strange to start preparing your home for the autumn and winter months, but you want to be sure that it’s protected against the ever-changing British weather don’t you?
With this in mind, we have created the following tips to prepare your home for the long winter months, as well as unforeseen bouts of weather such as these:
- Strong Winds
Did you know that gales are the most common cause of property damage in the UK? Limit potential wind damage by:
- Bring in or tidy away items such as potted plants, hanging planters, garden furniture, etc.
- Weather-proof outside buildings, such as sheds and fencing, by properly securing and making sure the roofing is in good condition too.
- Weigh-down larger items that can’t be bought in.
- Keep up to date on your garden maintenance, e.g. trees. Falling trees and blowing debris can be fatal and cause severe structural damage. Therefore removing weak branches and trimming back foliage will help considerably.
- High winds can seriously damage plants too. So implement windbreaks, garden canes for additional support, etc.
No-one will forget the floods that deeply affected many properties and businesses across the country last year. And although there are better flood defences in place, a flash flood could easily occur with no warning whatsoever.
Firstly, make sure all your fixtures and fittings are in good condition and if not; be sure to replace them with high quality materials. Before making any permanent changes to your property to protect against flooding, be sure to contact your insurer and find out what work can be paid for under your policy. Changes that can help against flood include:
- Raising the height of electrical sockets,
- Using lime plaster instead of gypsum plaster on walls,
- Installing flood resistant air bricks in place of existing vents,
- Fitting a stainless steel or solid wood kitchen instead of a chipboard one,
- Fitting non-return valves to all drains and water inlet pipes, which will only let water flow one way.
Furthermore, did you know that you can find out specifically whether your property is at risk of flooding? Do so, simply by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org to get the flooding history of the land around your home.
- Routine Checks
Routinely checking each area of your home thoroughly will protect against possible hazards in bouts of troublesome weather. For example, look out for cracked or dislodged tiles, cracks and/or debris blocking guttering, etc.
If you’re selling or renting out property, a competent and experienced agent will do this for you.
- Be Proactive
Check for local weather and flood warnings on the Environment Agency’s website.