How to pre­pare your home for rain

Lesotho Times - - Property -

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


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