How to survive….
With all the latest named weather storms, it’s hard to escape the grips of Abigail, Barney or any of the future gales (Clodagh next, followed by Desmond). Even the hardiest of us worry about the integrity of our house during these testing weather systems.
Will tiles come off my roof? How can I stop the wind whistling through gaps in my door frame? Is my car safe in the drive?
Luckily there are lots of tips for these eventualities. Here is a selection to keep you and yours safe.
– Check that you have the correct home insurance that includes adequate building and contents cover. It’s too late after the event and the wrong insurance or, worse still, no insurance at all could leave you in a terrible financial position.
– Check your property and its immediate area for potential risks. Would your fence stand-up to a 70mph wind? Maybe some nails or screws in vulnerable parts or cable ties would give it the strength to survive. Are there things lying around that the wind could lift and throw about like garden furniture, barbeques, trampolines or toys? These can all cause damage to you or your neighbours’ property. Put something heavy on these like a big stone or brick or tether them securely alternatively, try putting them safely away in a shed or garage. This could save you a lot of bother. Do this with your bins too if they are outside, no one wants to see all their recycling or rubbish flying around the streets.
– Might there be a branch on a tree that looks like it might be a potential danger in a high wind? Get a professional tree surgeon to cut it back or remove the hazard altogether. This would be cheaper and less inconvenient in the long run than having a large branch through a window or your roof.
– Inspect the outer walls of your house to see if there are any gaps that might encourage draughts (where your TV aerial enters the building or around your window and door frames) and fill them accordingly with sealant or builders caulk.
– Inspect the roof as best you can through windows or from the ground (don’t attempt to walk across the roof yourself) looking for skewed or missing tiles, mould, loose felt, sagging areas, loose sheathing or signs of existing leaking.
– Call in a roofer to inspect it properly and follow their advice, remember falling tiles can do a huge amount of damage, falling on cars, through extensions and conservatories, wrecking neighbours’ property and posing a danger to people on the ground.
Remember that, though, we can’t stop the weather, we can limit its impact on our daily lives.