Protecting your home against storm damage

Severe weather can come at any time, so itís worth making sure your home is prepared for any eventuality. Here are a few tips from Sainsburyís Bank on how to protect your home against storm damage.

ï  Check for any loose slates, loose coverings on sheds, chimney damage, and remove dead tree branches.

ï  Have a chat with your neighbours and deal with potential issues together, such as overhanging trees or joint fences. Before cutting down any tree branches check with your local council with regards to procedure for lopping as the trees might be protected.

ï  Clear gutters and drains of leaves and debris so rain can run freely into them. Put garden furniture away.

ï  Check that TV aerials and satellite dishes are securely fastened and secure cables and electric wires.

ï  Know how and where to turn off the water, electricity and gas supplies in your home. Note down contact numbers for your energy suppliers, local council, and insurance companies. Keep your insurance policies in a safe place. Prepare a flood kit ñ waterproof clothing, bottled water, candles or a torch, a radio, and blankets.

ï  Check outside your home for any gaps that could allow water to enter during a flood; do you have cracks in brickwork, or gaps around pipes and cables?

ï  Poor roof insulation can cause an ice dam to form. As snow falls, a warm roof will melt the snow, leaving it to drain into gutters where it will re-freeze. Invest in snow guards if you live in an area susceptible to heavy snow.

ï  A drop in temperature can result in pipes freezing. This is due to pipes either being poorly insulated or being exposed to freezing temperatures outside. Keep pipes insulated.

Check out the Sainsburyís Bank storm damage prevention guide for more information.

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