As a homeowner, it is down to you to protect your home. When things go wrong, repairs can be costly. A little preparation and ongoing maintenance can prevent expensive damage. It can also prevent a mountain of paperwork and inconvenience.
Inspect Your Roof
It is vital to keep your roof in good working order. This means fixing any holes or broken tiles. Never climb on your roof. You can check for damage by looking for chinks of light in the loft. From the outside, use binoculars to check for broken tiles. Even the tiniest hole can let in enough water to cause significant damage.
It is also a good idea to check gutters for signs of blockage. Chimneys can cause problems too. Again check for breakage. If you notice vegetation growing in your chimney, this can also indicate a problem.
Find a reputable roofer in your area and ask for an inspection and a quote. Look for roofers with experience. E.g., companies who have been installing reliable residential roofing systems for over 20 years.
Inspect Your Windows and Doors
Windows can also cause problems in adverse weather. They can let in water and ruin walls, paintwork, and furniture. First, check your frames for signs of wear. Then check the glass. If you notice condensation between the panes, this could indicate an issue. It is worth getting a windows company to check for you.
The same inspection should be made on doors. Also, ensure they are sealed and that draughts and water can’t get in. Use insulation in your letterbox to keep heat in and the cold out.
Keep your garden neat and tidy and prune back large bushes. Before the winter, tend to any trees that could be uprooted. Cut any overhanging branches, particularly if they are close to buildings. This will avoid trees becoming uprooted during storms and causing hazardous conditions.
Fasten down any garden furniture that could be picked up by strong winds. Better still, move it into the garage during winter months.
Move your car out of the carport and into the garage if you expect bad weather. This will protect it from the elements and avoid damage from flying objects.
In Case Of Flooding
If you live in a flood-prone area, set up a flood plan. Keep an emergency bag to hand in case you need to leave your home in a hurry. This should include all insurance documentation and telephone numbers. It should also contain any medication and essentials such as diapers.
Prevent frozen pipes and potential bursts by keeping the thermostat at the same temperature during the day and night. Insulate pipes in areas that are unheated.
It’s not just the cold and storms that can damage your home. The sun can also cause problems over time. For example, it can affect decking, woodwork, and guttering. Protect any woodwork with a stain that includes UV protection. Ensure this is topped up regularly. Vinyl sidings and gutters can also be safeguarded by spraying with a protective coating.
You can’t control the weather and the elements. However, you can be organized. With a little preparation, you can take steps to look after your home and prevent costly damage.