11 ways to protect your home against storm damage
Despite how much we complain, we don’t really get extreme weather in Ireland. Think about the tornados and hurricanes that seem to regularly appear elsewhere in the world and you’ll realise how lucky we actually are. However, we get winter storms, and these storms can cause damage. Here are some ways to keep that damage to a minimum:
Keep your eyes, and ears, open
The weather is a favourite topic here in Ireland and everyone talks about it. But keep an eye on www.met.ie for storm warnings and the rainfall radar. Or why not follow Met Éireann on Twitter.
Make sure you’re covered
One of the most important things to do is to check that your home insurance covers you for storm damage. Make sure your building sum insured is for the right amount - the cost it would take to rebuild your property, not its market value. If you are a tenant then your landlord should have buildings insurance, but always make sure.
Fix potential problems in advance, like loose slates, and remove dead tree branches so that they don’t cause damage in a storm. Here’s what to do if a storm is coming our way:
- Close all windows and doors, especially large doors like garage or patio doors.
- Put garden furniture in a garage or shed, or bring it inside.
- Close washing line poles or take them down.
- Check that TV aerials and satellite dishes are securely fastened and secure cables and electric wires.
- Clear leaves and debris from gutters.
- Clear drains to make sure rain water can flow freely into them.
- Check there are no loose roof slates or loose coverings on sheds.
- Secure fences, repair garden walls and fix any gates that do not close firmly so they are not damaged further by wind.
- Park cars in a garage or away from trees, fences and garden walls.
- Remove dead tree branches and check trees for root and branch damage.
- During the storm, stay indoors and do not go outside to try and repair damage.