How to prepare your home for rain
A LITTLE rain doesn’t need to cause worry, it’s a valuable resource to keep your garden in bloom. A lot of rain, however, can cause a lot of worry. Extreme weather conditions can cause serious damage to your home and in turn create unexpected costs and hassle. We’re here to help with simple steps that can be taken to avoid problems like these.
External preparation Protecting the outside of your home from the elements is the first step in preparing for bad weather. Consider the condition of your roof and gutters to evaluate whether any repairs need to be made, and store away garden furniture and tools.
1. Secure your roof Don’t wait until water is unexpectedly pouring into your home by way of a leaky roof. Start protecting your home by using some simple observation skills.
Make sure your roof is in good condition - walk around your home’s exterior, inspecting the roof from the ground for signs of damage, sagging, and aging. Take notes of any possible problem areas or areas in need of closer inspection.
Check particularly for loose or missing tiles and for any cracks in the chimney. Missing roof tiles means your roof is directly exposed to adverse weather conditions.
Hire a professional roofing contractor to patch up any gaps you might find.
Guttering Gutters are an essential part of your roofing system. The purpose of the gutter is to collect and funnel away any water that lands on the roof, taking water away from the building’s foundations, protecting your exterior surfaces and stopping water from entering the home.
If water penetrates your home, woodwork can perish, mould will begin to grow, condensation forms and brickwork will erode. Damp patches quickly spread and health problems can become an issue.
Check the guttering outside your home isn’t broken or leaking and clear out any leaves or other debris. This will reduce the risk of blockages during heavy rain, which can cause your guttering to overflow and create all sorts of problems for your home.
To reduce the risk of blockages there are preventative steps you can take. Tight-fitting wire mesh or plastic caps are available to fit most types of downpipe. They allow water through but trap leaves and dirt.
Safety first Do not use ladders during adverse weather conditions and when you are using a ladder always secure it or have someone holding the ladder at the bottom.
Top tip You might want to consider cutting back any over-hanging trees as the autumn fall of leaves will most likely cause blockages and guttering problems every year.
If your guttering is broken, or new guttering needs to be installed, we can help with our handy guide to installing guttering.
Sheds and storage Garden equipment and power tools can be seriously damaged by wet weather. To keep your furniture looking its very best for longer, store it in dry conditions and ensure that all pieces are fully dry before putting away.
If you’ve already invested in a shed but are concerned about weatherproofing, it’s worth checking the condition of felting on the roof. If it looks tired or damaged, consider replacing the felt to help keep garden equipment, tools and other appliances dry.
We can help you get started with our video guide to felting a shed roof.
Garden furniture and barbecues Garden furniture is often subject to sharp showers and heavy downfalls, which can cause damage over time.
Look to apply a waterproofing treatment to wooden garden furniture — which will keep the beautiful look of your wood while also giving it the protection it needs. It will protect your furniture from the liquids outside, in order to avoid splitting, rotting, and warping.
Barbecue covers If your barbecue often sits outside on the patio, rather than tucked away in the shed, consider a waterproof cover. For the best protection, safely store your barbecue, once cool, in a shed or garage to prevent rust occurring.
Internal preparation Once the outside of your home is prepared, follow these simple tips to make sure that your home is protected from the inside out.
1.Don’t let the outside in Check your roof from the inside to be sure there are no issues. Grab a torch and take a trip to the attic to check for any potential problems.
Things to look for from the inside, are: l Places where the roof is sagging l Signs of water damage or leaking l Dark spots and trails l Outside light showing through the roof
If you stumble across any of the above, it could be an issue. It’s worth contacting a professional for some expert advice.
Draught proofing Prevent rain, wind and dirt coming into your home with our range of rain bars and deflectors. Just attach to the bottom of your door to deflect rain and dirt.
Also available for the bottom of doors, are brush seals. Sealing against smoke, odours, draughts, dust, insects and light, brush seals are attached to the bottom of doors that experience particularly heavy usage, such as front doors. Brush strip sealing is perfect for solving draught problems, and particularly good for retaining heat in the home and lowering heating bills.
Insulation When the rain starts, it’s usually a sign that we’re entering into a period of bad weather. Some simple rain can soon become gale force winds and thunder storms.
Insulating hot water tanks and pipes will help keep your water hot for that nice long bath after a day battling the elements. — DIY
It will also protect your pipes if you’re unlucky enough to experience extreme weather, such as flooding.
Check that your heating system is working properly; it’s a good idea to get it serviced before wet, windy and cold weather sets in.
Make sure you know how to turn off the water, gas and electricity.
You may need to do this in an emergency, so be prepared. If you live in a flat, your water supply may come from outside your flat, so make sure you know where it is. — DIY
don’t wait UNTIL water Is UNEXPECTEDLY POURING INTO your HOME By way OF A LEAKY ROOF.