20 Apr How to prepare your home for storms
Tree trimming and other steps you can take to protect your home
Storms are just part of life in some parts of the country, especially in regional areas.
But that doesn’t mean there’s nothing you can do to prepare for them.
This article outlines some practical steps to get in before the storm season hits.
Do what you can now to prevent damage to your home and keep your family safe from harm.
Get your home inspected
A building inspector can verify the structural integrity of your home.
Getting your home inspected is an excellent idea if it is an old or even heritage-listed building.
Over time, structures can become weak, and a storm might just be its undoing.
You need to know that your house is safe in a storm for you and your family.
Calling a building inspector allows you to put your mind at rest that you have done something proactive to protect yourselves.
A building inspector will be on the lookout for damage to the roof and gutters and your foundations, ensuring there is no water or termite damage that could undermine the strength of the structure.
Keep doors and windows bolted shut
During severe weather conditions, it’s imperative that you keep your doors and windows shut securely.
If you open them, you risk allowing strong winds inside your building, and in extreme cases, intense pressure can build indoors, leading to roofs collapsing or blowing off.
Use extra bolts and locks to tie down your doors and windows during storms.
If there’s a mighty storm coming your way, you can even board up windows to protect your home from flying remnants and strong blasts of wind.
Check your waterworks
When storm season hits, you need your gutters, drain, and roof working at total capacity.
So it makes sense to spend some time clearing them out before that time of year comes upon you.
Over the months, leaves, twigs, and dirt can accumulate in your gutters, stopping them from fulfilling their function of diverting water down your drains.
It’s a simple enough procedure to clean your gutters, but you can hire professional gutter cleaners to do the job.
The main thing is to ensure the task gets done before storm season, so if that means delegating, then delegate away.
You will want to check your drains, gutters, and roof for any signs of damage while you have a chance to get them fixed before the rains come.
Get tree trimming done
During a storm, even small branches can fly off into the air at high speeds, causing damage to your home.
That’s not even considering the more weighty and substantial branches that can break and ravage your house.
Therefore, it is essential to hire a professional for tree trimming in the months leading up to storm season.
Tree trimming, or even tree pruning, can eliminate dead, diseased, or weakened tree limbs that are likely to come down in a storm.
A preventative measure that could save your home and the people in it, tree trimming is a valuable investment when you consider the price of home repairs, or indeed, the price of a life.
Tie down loose items
Be mindful that items outdoors could become caught up in huge gusts of wind during a severe storm and may go flying.
Think of things such as umbrellas, chairs, tables, metal sheeting, bins, signs, and any other furnishings, gardening tools, or even light pot plants.
These items need to be secured. Otherwise, they can cause much damage to your home and garden.
Ensure that your garage and garden shed are locked firmly closed so that your belongings inside are safe from harm and from causing damage.
Call Daryl’s Tree Care for tree trimming to protect yourself from storms
Tree trimming is one of a handful of important actions you can take to protect your home during storms.
But you’ll need to get in before storm season for best results.
At Daryl’s, we often get called out after storms to deal with the wreckage of fallen trees that can cause much damage to homes.
A bit of tree trimming can save much money as it prevents destruction before it happens.
So get in early and contact us today.