Thursday, August 23, 2018

Weather the Storm: Protect Your Household from Extreme Conditions 100%

We live in a world which allows for greater prediction and preparedness for severe weather conditions. And when you know that a big storm is coming, you should take action to make sure that your property has the highest level of protection. After all, if you can take some preventative measures, this can help to stop any future damage which you will need to go through the effort and expense of repairing. So, in this blog post, we will look closer at exactly what you can to weather any storms coming your way.

Prepare the Outside of Your Home

Obviously, it is the outside of your home which is going to end up being hit the hardest. The first jobs which you should do are simple ones such as moving patio furniture, trash cans, potted plants, and anything else which is likely to blow over and cause damage. Try to move them all indoors if possible. Cut back any loose branches which may blow off any of your trees. And make sure that your gutters are clear as these can cause drainage issues. Also, check for sump pump maintenance which will drain away large quantities of water. You can also inspect your roof to ensure that it is secured and sealed, but don’t attempt any work which could be dangerous unless you know what you are doing.

Double Check Windows and Doors

Batten down the hatches by using all the locking mechanisms on your doors and windows to stop them from flying open. You could also invest in some storm shutters to board up your windows outside. When the severe weather hits, the safest place that you can be is inside away from any windows, skylights, and glass doors.

Pay Attention to the Garage

If you have a garage, you shouldn’t overlook securing this as well. You may find that the door is more susceptible to high winds than regular doors and windows. If you have the opportunity, you can reinforce it with a brace kit.

Secure Your Car

Now is the time to turn your attention to your car if you have one. Double check that you have a full tank of petrol, your wipers are working, the tyre pressures are good, and all the windows are properly sealed. You should also have an emergency bag all packed and ready to go including food and drink, maps, phone chargers etc. Watch where you have parked to make sure that it is not under any trees or an area which is at risk of flooding.

Don’t Forget About Pets

During extreme weather conditions, you should make sure that all your pets stay indoors. Otherwise, you may be able to take them to an unaffected area to stay with friends or family - or else a specific disaster centre. If they are not already microchipped, now may be the time to consider getting this done.  

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