How to secure your home when storms hit

Summer 2020 has been, for lack of a better word, a little hectic. Global warming has savaged the lands with fires, floods, storms; even fire storms. This article is a guide for the potential of upcoming storms over the upcoming seasons, and what you can do to prepare.

Home and Contents Insurance:

Before we give a list of things you should do to prepare your home, we warn you to protect your finances. Home and contents insurance is a must have.

In the event of storm damage to your home, such as, a giant hail stone through a window, you will be covered for the window, water damage, and damage for things inside the house (depending on your cover). Choosing a provider is up to you and your own personal circumstances, but when choosing you need to take the price, the contents covered and the reliability of the insurer into consideration. Just because a policy is cheaper doesn’t mean you’ll get a decent (or any) pay out after a storm damages your home.

Trees:

Every time a big storm comes through Perth there a big clean up of fallen trees and branches, so to prepare for future storms you should start pruning before it’s too late. Inspect your property to see if you have any trees with branches hanging over your roof or generally too close to your house.

Windows:

Chances are you might get a smashed window during a storm. It could be caused by many different things:

  • Hail stone
  • Trees
  • Things picked up in the storm

To avoid any potential window damage you can secure your windows with a security mesh or steel, but the best option is roller shutters. Though they are more expensive they also provide the most protection in a storm.

Gutters and Roof Tiles:

Clearing gutters and pipes are the jobs we don’t want to do, but staying on top of it makes all the difference in storms as it prevents flooding, that can damage ceiling wood and walls and cost a fortune to repair. While up there you can use the opportunity to check the condition of any roof tiles. In the event of any damage on the roof, you could end up with severe water damage inside the house.

Flooding:

In the event of a flood you should be fully prepared to shut off power to your house and raise anything vulnerable above flood heights. The likeliness of a flood really depends on the area you live in and your proximity to anything that might cause potential floods. Other solutions to flood proofing your house (though only temporarily) are:

  • Sandbags
  • Digging holes to collect water
  • Sealing doorways
  • Blocking door seals with tarp

None of these solutions are 100% effective. Floods usually occur in low areas, so outside of building your house high, or on stilts, there isn’t much of a solution.

With winter coming and heavy rains and storms with it, times are changing and weather is becoming more intense.