There’s a lot of things that will damage our home. Structural issues. Negligence. Criminals. Pets! And of course, the weather.
Not one soul in a home is truly blessed with it being in a perfect environment that affords weather protection. From the snows in the north to the heat of the center and the rains everywhere else. There is plenty the weather can do to damage your home, especially when it turns bad.
It’s important to employ common sense with the weather and the area you live in. For example, if you live on the coast you might, unfortunately, endure a hurricane, or a few of them. Do you have an evacuation plan? Is your basement safe in the worst case scenario? Is there anything you can fit to your home to ensure that it is made safer? Do you live in an area that experiences tornadoes? Ask yourself the same questions. What about snow? Equip heaters, rock salts and shovels to your toolkit to ensure you can dig yourself out of the worst blizzards. These are extreme examples of course, but if they apply to you, asking questions could save your life – and your home.
It’s all about asking the right questions so you can find answers that will make your home safe. Making your home safe from bad weather is about identifying the issues caused by bad weather and working to fix them.
We can’t break down every extreme, so we’ll stick to the issues that everyone will likely face. If you do have extreme weather on the way, it’s worth paying attention to the experts and the specialists anyway!
No matter where you live, it’s likely you’ll face a rainstorm at some point, and if your house can’t drain water, you’ll be in for a problem. Your guttering is the superhero here and works to rid you of your water woes. It can’t do this if it’s full of rocks, dirt leaves, and crud. Pay someone some pocket money to get a ladder out and clean it out or do it yourself if you’re careful! Your house needs this so water doesn’t settle on the roof and weigh it down. This could cause a collapse! Lots of rain can also cause floods, so look for ways in which your property can further deal with water.
Unless you are extremely lucky, you’ll endure dips in the temperature. These dips can not only catch us off guard but our homes. Invest in water pipe freeze protection to stop your pipes from bursting under the strain of frost.
Even in the colder places of the world, dry grass can spark off at a moment’s notice with the right amount of heat. These fires happen in the forest often but can happen in a garden if it’s dry. Don’t mess with fire – water your garden and invest in smoke alarms here to prevent and alert yourself.
Bad weather can strike anytime, just educate yourself and invest in protection and prevention