There are some home maintenance tasks that are worth doing even if the predicated risk factor never shows. For instance, we know that the likelihood of our homes being intruded upon and for our property to be stolen is low in a statistical reading, but that doesn’t stop us from putting locks on our doors or setting up measures like motion-sensitive floodlights to keep our property well-lit at night.
Preparing our home for extreme weather should also be considered, even if we live in an area where the winters can be harsh, but nowhere near as harsh as areas where two feet of snow is common most mornings. Now that the winter is slowly coming our way, it’s good to prepare for the unpredictable, to make sure everything with our property is properly aligned, and that any restorative work that needs to be undertaken can be undertaken ahead of time.
In this post, then, we’ll discuss three fixtures you may wish to apply yourself to in order to make this a reality. With that advice properly applied, you can get on with enjoying the winter period and all the coziness it brings in peace:
Have Your Roof Inspected
It’s important to make sure your roof is already capable of withstanding extreme weather ahead of time. Loose tiles, poor insulation, bad waterproofing, or even cracks in the installation can, of course, spell disaster during a heavy downpour, high winds, or heavy rainfall. For this reason, the cost of scheduling roof inspections ahead of time can potentially save you thousands upon thousands in recuperative property damage.
Create A ‘Driveway Care Kit’
It’s good to make sure you’re prepared for an icy, snowed-in, or otherwise damaged driveway. Storing a back of traction grit in your garage can help you add much-needed grip to your driveway, allowing you to melt the ice in equal measure. You may also place temporary reflectors on the wall leading into your property so that you can easily see the wall to avoid when turning into your driveway. You may even set up a boundary to prevent people from turning around in your steep driveway due to the road being closed off. Having this to hand can help you ahead of time.
Make Sure Your Garden Is Secured
Of course, the implements and fixtures we have in our gardens can become threats if we’re not careful. First, we need to check the health of our treeline. For instance, rot can signify the need for a tree surgeon. A weakened or unpruned tree could cause branches to fall in heavy winds, which could be a hazard. Making sure our furniture and implements like trampolines or garden equipment are secured by sandbags or other fixtures can be key. The same goes for any pool that we might have – a fixed tarpaulin can protect this from the elements. Giving your garden fence and gates a once-over and making sure of their structural intensity can also be key.
With this advice, we hope you prepare your home for extreme weather in the best possible manner.