Is Your Home Ready for Rain and Winter?

Is Your Home Ready for Rain and Winter?

Lydia Lohshini by Lydia Lohshini on Nov 23, 2016
Why you should care

The cold winds are already here – it’s about time we weather-proof our homes.

November has arrived and it has brought with it gloomy days and the absurd cold weather. Severe weather conditions can potentially damage your home if it’s not properly prepared.

These are some precautions you should take to brace yourself and your abode from the harsh weather.

1 Clean out Drains and Gutters

cleaning out clogged gutters

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Avoid clogging and flooding by cleaning out the drains and gutters. Dry leaves and debris always collect in drains and gutters, stopping the water flow. With heavy rains, the clogged drains and gutters will cause water to overflow, leading to floods.

For smooth flowing drainage, regularly inspect your gutters and drains for smooth water flow and clean out your gutters and drains by using shovels or trowels to scoop out dry leaves or muck that have been collecting there.

2 Prepare for the Dark Days Ahead

Cold and gloomy weather basically means less daylight and warmth. So it’s doubly important to make sure your lights are working, both indoors and outdoors. inspect lightbulbs and change those that no longer work.

Be sure to also stock up on torch lights and candles because the winter and rainy weather are both known to cause electricity shortages and blackouts.

3 Find the Cracks

Check your walls and ceilings for cracks, or any form of damage that can be worsened by the harsh weather. Cracks and damaged structures can cause leakage or can be further damaged by wind and water. Inspect your home every few months for water rings, discolouration, mould, and other flaws. Then, hire a professional to inspect and repair.

4 Gear up the Garden

maintaining garden

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Prepare your garden for the wild winds and harsh weather by trimming trees and branches. Tall trees and long branches can be brought down by rough winds and water. Trees can also attract lightning, so it’s always best to trim them lower to the ground to prevent them from falling over or catching fire from the strikes.

5 Location, Location, Location

home fuse boxIn case of emergencies, it’s best that to locate where your fuse box is, in the event of a blackouts or floods. Keep an emergency kit in an accessible place and make sure to pack it with essentials like torch lights, first aid kits, important documents, and sustenance.

6 Forecast the Floods

Always be prepared for the worst because it’s better to be safe than sorry. Make preparations and adjustments for potential flooding by keeping electronics high off the floors, important documents tucked away in high cupboards, and long lasting food stuff.

Why you should care

The cold winds are already here – it’s about time we weather-proof our homes.

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