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How To Protect Your Property From The Winter Weather

November 28th 2012
By: Acquarone

With the start of December comes the expectation of worsening weather conditions, but have you taken the necessary precautions to protect your home? Read our tips for protecting your home from the winter weather.

Wind

Wind is the element that causes properties the most problems during the winter months. You should always consider walking around your property after a particularly windy night to ensure that no damage has been done to your home or any outbuildings. 

How can wind cause damage to your property? 

  •  Changing wind speeds and directions can put enormous pressure on a building. 
  •  Any debris carried by winds can also cause damage. 
  •  Less substantial structures like sheds, garages, greenhouses and fences are also particularly vulnerable to wind and should be checked regularly.  

How to protect your property:

  •  Check your roof. Make sure there are no loose or missing tiles.
  •  You should also check that all windows and doors are insulated and draught proof. 
  •  Consider calling a specialist to come and help trim back any trees that may be prone to breaking in the event of a strong wind. 
  •  It is advised that all garden accessories such as tables, chairs, barbecues and toys are rounded up and stored safely in your home or shed to avoid being caught up in winds. 
  •  Check the supports of fences, sheds and greenhouses, and ensure all doors are safely fixed with a strong padlock. 

Ice and Snow In the past couple of years, ice and snow has caused the country a number of problems during the winter months. Be prepared should we see the same pattern continuing this year. 

How can ice and snow cause damage?

  •  Heavy snowfalls putting weight on your roof 
  •  Freezing pipes 
  •  Slippery pathways and build up of snow in your garden 

How to protect your property: 

  • If you do experience particularly heavy snowfall, you can use a rake to gently remove the snow from the roof of your home. 
  • Insulate any pipes that may be in danger of freezing. If pipes do freeze, you can still act to prevent any damage by wrapping the frozen pipes with hot towels or by warming them with a hair dryer. 
  • It may be worth buying some road salt to help prevent pathways from freezing, but be careful not to use too much salt in your garden as this can damage plants and wildlife.

Flood

Flooding is a potentially dangerous problem; especially if you live in a flood-affected area where the waters can be devastating. As seen in the past few weeks, flood waters can rise very quickly, so if you may be in danger of floods, or live in an area with little drainage facilities make sure you are prepared. Consider storing your valuables and any valuable documentation upstairs or on higher ground. Also ensure that you know how to quickly locate and turn off the gas, water and electricity at the mains and that you have a torch and spare batteries to hand. If you are at risk from flooding, it is also a  good idea to invest in sand-bags and vent guards.