Here in Australia, we’re no strangers to wild weather outbreaks, particularly during the Summer storm season. To protect your family and keep your belongings safe, it’s essential to prepare your home for the worst.
Here are some simple measurements you can take to reduce the likelihood of damage on your house.
1. Check your roof regularly and keep your gutters clear
It may sound like an insignificant chore, but keeping an eye on the condition of your roof is critical, especially if you live in an older house. If you have any doubts about the stability of your roof (or any other aspect of your home), it’s a good idea to get a qualified builder to do a thorough inspection before storm season arrives.
2. Remove any tree branches that are close to your home
Fallen tree branches are one of the most common causes of destruction during storm season, which is why it’s important to keep any large trees pruned and well away from your windows.
3. Secure any loose items around your property
Items that you generally store in an open backyard or front yard such as machinery, tools, trampolines, etc. should be secured before storm season hits. In the case of a cyclone or extreme winds, these items can cause critical damage to your home or someone else’s.
4. Fix any corrosion, rotting or termite-affected timber
Rotten, termite-affected or corroding timber can pose serious safety hazards during a storm, as the fragility of the surface will most likely break under pressure. Warped weatherboards or cracks in ceilings, walls or floors are also indicators of corrosion and should be checked and repaired well and truly before storm season.
5. Ensure your home, contents and car insurance is adequate and up-to-date
A final, yet crucially important, measurement to take before storm season is to update your home, contents and car insurance. This will be the silver lining you’ll need if the worst case scenario occurs.