Preparing For A Storm Now
Storm Assist has come up with 8 simple ways to help you prepare NOW for a storm and reduce potential damage when the next severe storm strikes.
ONE: Clear your roof gutters, downpipes and drains to prevent blockages
It’s crucial to ensure your roof gutters and down pipes are cleared to prevent blockages that could easily lead to overflow down to the eaves and into the roof’s cavity. Leaves on the roof should also be cleared and drains cleared to prevent pooling of water on the surface.
TWO: Ensure a well-maintained yard and balcony. Secure or store indoors any stuff that could be blown around by strong winds
Strong winds can pick and hurl things around causing damage to windows, cars or roofs. Things such as trampolines, outdoor furniture, roofing iron etc. should all be kept indoors. Storms can damage your home even when you are away and so in case of a forecast of severe storms, always be sure to secure outdoor items and take all relevant steps before you take off.
THREE: Confirm your insurance policy is active and adequate
It’s important to check your covers including building insurance for mortgagees and home owners and contents insurance which is applicable to all. Check the level of cover taken and ensure your insurer provides sufficient cover for potential natural events prevalent in your location. Such may include flash floods, landslides associated with storm water runoff, damage caused to properties by trees.
FOUR: Cut trees and or branches that could possibly fall on your home or property
First and foremost, confirm with your local council the required guidelines or consent applications before cutting or trimming your trees. It’s important to contact a qualified and fully insured arborist to ensure safety when doing this exercise.
FIVE: Fix damaged roof including any broken or missing tiles
Ideally, you should have your roof inspected at least once each year for any signs of damage especially in areas prone to major weather events like hail stones and storms. Broken, cracked or displaced tiles should be fixed. Damaged roof sheeting should be replaced or carefully patched. Avoid DIY roof repairs and always involve a roof expert like Storm Assist.
The information contained in this article is of a general nature only. It does not take your specific needs, objectives or circumstances into consideration, and is not financial advice, legal advice or otherwise a recommendation to purchase any financial product or insurance policy. You should seek your own independent financial advice from a qualified financial and insurance adviser before making any financial decisions, and seek your own independent legal advice from a qualified solicitor before making any decisions of a legal nature.