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
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