Protecting your home from wet weather
Weather conditions have certainly been strange this summer. In Sydney, for example, it has become hard to go outside even on a sunny day without expecting some kind of rainfall.
For property owners, these inclement conditions may result in increased wear and tear on your property. There are however a few considerations that may help you to ease the impact of such inconvenient weather on your home.
These can include:
• Ensure seals are in place. Ensure your windows, doors and roof are adequately sealed to make sure that no water seeps through into your interior areas during rain, causing damage.
• Check drainage. It is not uncommon for leaves and other detritus to build up in your drainage system, clogging them up and restricting water flow (not to mention being a potential fire hazard if you live in areas prone to fires). In order to ensure rainfall is redirected quickly and efficiently, ensure your drains are cleared and in proper working order.
• Secure outdoor fixtures. Outdoor fixtures such as drains, eaves and even your roof tiles have the potential to become dislodged or detached over time. In order to prevent damage to your property and even injury in harsh weather conditions, it is important to periodically check these fixtures to make sure they are correctly attached and in place.
• Bring in/secure outdoor furniture. Wet weather has the potential to cause damage to and/or loss of outdoor furniture such as tables, chairs, cushions, umbrellas and the like. If wet weather is predicted, you may like to consider bringing such possessions inside where possible, or ensuring they are properly secured if they cannot be moved.
While we cannot control the weather, and it is becoming increasingly difficult to forecast weather patterns, home owners can certainly take steps to reduce the impact wet weather can have on their property. The solutions described above, as well as many others more applicable to your home, may be of some help in protecting your property from rain and other hazardous weather conditions.