The UK is being hit with wet and windy weather this week, with Storm Dudley rolling in.
Many hope that strong winds and heavy rain won’t damage their property – but there are things you can do to minimize your risk.
Real Estate Inspector Steve Rad of Inventory basis shared her top tips for protecting your home from storms:
- Get rid of overhanging or loose branches to help prevent damage in windy weather. Be sure to consult with an arborist and your local authority to ensure the work is done safely and legally.
- Make sure you are insured. Check your insurance coverage ahead of time so you know exactly what you’re covered for.
- Keep your heater on to avoid damage from cold pipes. Turn on the heating for one hour a day to prevent your pipes from freezing.
- Secure loose exterior fittings on your home. These usually include lights, hanging plants, alarms and garden furniture. Failure to do so could damage or lose them during a storm.
- Check your roof for loose or cracked tiles. Compromised roof tiles will be the first victims of the weather, so get them repaired to avoid further water damage from leaks.
- Clear all gutters and pipes – blocked and damaged gutters can cause overflow due to water buildup and lead to flood damage.
- Be prepared for high winds by ensuring all doors, gates and windows are securely fastened – failure to do so could result in external property damage to your home and others around you.
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