Top Tips To Keep Your Home Safe During Winter
Preparing Your Home for Storms and Strong Winds
As we head into winter it is important that we are prepared for the weather ahead.
Our East Sussex roofers at Podesta Roofing work with customers to ensure that their roof can cope with heavy storms and will carry out repairs when needed.
To make sure that your home is ready for winter it is important to be aware of the following.
The Weather Forecast
Any emergency weather warnings will be released by the Met Office, and they will also issue advice on what action to take during severe storms. If you live in an area that is prone to flooding, then you will need to pay extra attention to media outlets so that you can eliminate the risk to your home.
Take Everything You Can Indoors
It goes without saying that you and your family should stay indoors where possible when a storm is brewing, but there are other things that can be brought inside also. Make sure your pets are inside and if you have a garage, bring your car inside to protect it from flying debris and tree branches.
If you have garden furniture or special features outdoors, bring them indoors wherever possible or secure them as best you can if you do need to leave them outside.
Inspect Trees Around Your House
If there are any trees or large structures surrounding your house, then you will need to check to see if they appear safe. If you are worried about the condition of older trees, it is best that you contact your council or local tree surgeon for advice.
Inspect Your Roof Before Winter
No matter how old your roof is, winter can cause havoc with even the sturdiest of roofs. Our East Sussex roofing team at Podesta Roofing advise homeowners to carry out visual checks both in and outside of their home each year.
By noticing damaged or missing shingles on a roof you can ask a roofer to repair your roof before heavy rain begins. If you cannot see any problems from the ground, then a local roofer will inspect it for you, which is much safer.
Gutters and downspouts will also need to be checked as a build-up of leaves and debris can lead to leaking and damp on the inside and outside of your house.
Wait Until a Storm is Over Before Carrying out Repairs
If you do notice damage in or outside of your property, you should wait for confirmation that a storm is over. Fixing something may be futile if there is likely to be further bad weather and it can be dangerous to fix things when there is till a risk of flying debris.
Special care should be taken with any electrical problems and if you are unsure about working with electricity then call a local electrician. If you find that there is damage to your roof, our team of East Sussex roofers at Podesta Roofing can offer advice on what repairs need to be carried out. Contact our team for more details and advice today.