It’s not uncommon in the UK these days to switch on the weather forecast and find a storm coming our way. So frequent are they that it’s hard to remember their all too personable names - Imogen, Gertrude and Henry.
We’re always warned not to travel but no-one really gives us advice about what we can do at home to protect our property. Until now, that is...
How to protect your property in the wake of a storm
- Roof inspection. Are there any loose or cracked tiles that the wind could potentially knock off? An internal ceiling which you’ve suspected looks a bit discoloured could worsen badly and turn into dampness in the event of heavy rain. It needs seen to immediately so contact your landlord without delay.
- Chimney inspection. Just like the tiles it’s a good idea to take a close look at how stable the chimney is – if you have one. The same goes for any satellite dishes and aeries – are they are secure as they should be?
- External gutters. Another item that can go haywire in high winds. Broken gutters can lead to serious external flooding and even internal damage so if you suspect there’s something wrong again, contact your landlord and ask that he or she consults professional advice on your behalf.
- External doors. Are there any major cracks? If so water penetration could pose a problem. If they’re glazed ensure there aren’t any cracks that could cause the glass to shatter in high winds.
- Trees. If the property you’re renting is surrounded by trees – or even just one – check the branches to make sure none of them are loose and could fall off, causing a hazard to anyone walking underneath or even damage the property itself. Your landlord will definitely thank you for this!
- Insurance. The property insurance is the landlord’s responsibility, of course, but the contents insurance is your own. If you believe your contents could be at risk then it’s worth checking with your insurance company whether or not you’re covered in the event of inclement weather eg a bike or other items in an outhouse on the grounds.
All of the above is a worst case scenario, of course – but it’s always better to be prepared and aware of the risk beforehand to avoid any unnecessary hassle in the days ahead. Alerting your landlord to the potential hazards will also put you in his or her good books and bode well for future relations.