Be­fore the storm How to pre­pare for the wet weather sea­son

Take some proac­tive step to en­sure youry prop­erty is weath­er­proof, writes s Cather­ine Nikas-Bou­los

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Af­ter a long, hot sum­mer, a re­prieve from the heat is wel­come. But be­fore you em­brace the cooler change, some home main­te­nance might be in or­der. In re­cent years, se­vere storms have be­come al­most com­mon­place on the east coast of Aus­tralia, with the In­sur­ance Coun­cil of Aus­tralia declar­ing parts of North Queens­land a catas­tro­phe fol­low­ing storms ear­lier this month. That fol­lowed on from $105 mil­lion worth of dam­age in re­gional parts of Vic­to­ria and metropoli­tan Mel­bourne as the re­sult of storms in De­cem­ber last year and the June 2016 storms that rav­aged Syd­ney’s coast­line, se­verely dam­ag­ing homes on the north­ern beaches. While you may not be able to pre­pare for ev­ery out­come, you can pre­vent dam­age to your home, such as soggy car­pets and dam­aged ceil­ings, with the right prepa­ra­tion. Check­ing the con­di­tion of your roof is a great place to start. Bo­ral roof­ing mar­ket­ing man­ager Harry Tan­ner says you should ex­am­ine your roof ev­ery three to five years for wear and tear. “If you have any bro­ken tiles, wa­ter will make its way down and dam­age the ceil­ing, so you want to min­imise that and make re­pairs be­fore it im­pacts any other part of the house,” says Harry. The other most ob­vi­ous roof con­cern is the ridge cap­ping, which is sup­ported by a sand and ce­ment based mor­tar. “It’s not un­com­mon for the tile point­ing com­pound (tile ad­he­sive) to be­come loose,” Harry says. “If that hap­pens, a qual­ity roof­ing con­trac­tor can re­pair that to sup­port the ridge.” But that’s just the start.

“Check for gaps around win­dows and door frames and make sure the sealant around any pen­e­tra­tions in your roof or build­ing are all wa­ter tight” Josh Nor­gate, Sel­leys tech­ni­cal ser­vice man­ager

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