How Weather Can Damage Your Property

Weather damage is a real threat to property, regardless of where you live in the world. You might not have to worry about things like tornadoes and tsunamis in this country, but even the changing seasons can present a problem for householders.

To effectively deal with the potential for weather damage, you have to know about the types of damage that can occur.

Flooding

Floods are common in many areas of the UK. The UK Environment Agency setup the ‘Floodline’ to help people in threatened areas know when to be prepared and build up their flood defences and when to evacuate.

Flooding can happen in a number of ways. Obviously, during torrential rain water can build up and leak into your home. But it can also occur as a result of melting snow. Once snow melts, water pools and, depending on how much snow there is and the rate of thawing, can cause flooding.

How to Protect Against Flooding

• Maintain a store of sandbags if you live in a threatened area. Sand absorbs the water and stops it from flowing freely.
• Avoid creating areas near your home where water can pool. Water should flow away from the structure.
• Keep gutters clear and shovel any snow away from the side of your home. It should never touch the building.

Storm Damage

Storms occur with reasonable regularity in the UK. It’s not unheard of for hurricanes to rip through certain areas of the country and play havoc with people’s homes. Storm damage can come in the form of flooding, heavy wind, or simply foreign objects colliding with your home.

How to Protect Against Storm Damage

• Make sure your roof is in good condition. Minor damage can quickly turn into major damage.
• Prune nearby trees to prevent loose branches from falling.
• Storms tend to come and go in heavy weather. Use lulls in bad weather to sweep water away and remove obstacles as best you can.

Winter Weather

Winter (cold weather) damage is more prevalent because we generally experience it every year. Many householders underestimate the threat of winter weather and the problems it can bring. From frozen pipes to cracked brickwork, winter weather can slowly eat away at your home’s structure over the years.

How to Protect Against Winter Weather

• Repair cracks in brickwork. If water freezes inside, it can force the bricksto eventually crack open.
• Isolate the domestic water supply if leaving your home for a holiday. Water can freeze in pipes.
• Clear the gutters. Melting ice and snow should be able to flow away from your home.

Employing a Maintenance Specialist

Thankfully, we do not have to worry about many other threats. However, if you’ve seen a pattern emerging from the above paragraphs, you’d be right. Protecting your home relies on keeping on top of maintenance. If you allow a roof to leak or leaves to pile up in the gutters, you are going to experience problems during and after bad weather.

We recommend calling in the services of a good maintenance specialist. A maintenance specialist will be able to examine your home and make recommendations.

Do not allow problems to happen before you turn to a professional. Follow these top tips for employing the right maintenance specialist.

1. Go with recommendations. Ask your family and friends for recommendations.
2. What products do they use? They should only be using high-quality brand names with good reputations.
3. Make sure they are certified. If they specialise in roofs, make sure they have a roofing qualification. If they specialise in landscaping, make sure they have a landscaping qualification.

Conclusion

Storms, cold weather, and flooding are the three primary threats you will encounter in the UK. Through constant vigilance and regular maintenance, you can ensure that minor damage does not become significant damage. Use the help of a professional to maintain your home.

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