Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Ensuring Your Home Can Stand Up to Bad Weather



The majority of us are pretty houseproud. This isn’t all too surprising considering the fact that our homes
tend to be the largest purchase we make in our entire lifetime. We spend a whole lot of time focusing on
interior design, exterior design, and any other form of design that can render our properties as
aesthetically pleasing and functional as possible. But there’s no point in investing all of this effort into
making your living space comfortable if you’re not going to focus on the basics of ensuring that your
property is safe and sound. One threat that faces our homes is nature. The elements can wreak havoc
with the places that we live in - not only affecting how they look, but also potentially causing damage that
could render our homes uninhabitable. So, it’s extremely important that we take the time and effort to
ensure that our properties can stand up to the bad weather. There’s no better time to do this than now.
After all, we are in the midst of winter and now tends to be the time of year where our homes are hit the
hardest by hail, rain, sleet, and snow. Now, you might feel at a loss when it comes to knowing where to
start on this venture. But not to worry. We’re here to help. Here are a few simple steps that you can take
to ensure that your home really can stand up to the bad weather!
Waterproofing Your Basement


If you have a basement, you need to be aware that this space is prone to flooding. Flooding isn’t merely
an inconvenience. If left untackled, it can create major structural problems within your home. The water
can cause wooden beams supporting your property to rot and it can also raise issues with your very
foundations. The damp could also cause a prevalence of mold, which is notoriously difficult to remove
from living spaces once it has established itself and can also pose serious health risks (particularly for
individuals already suffering from respiratory conditions). Repairing any of these things is highly likely to
be extremely expensive. So, save yourself a whole lot of money and hassle by preparing your basement
in advance of heavy rain and flooding forecasts. It’s always better to be prepared! Call out a professional
who will be able to waterproof the space. You might also want to invest in sand bags (which soak up
water at a relatively low cost) and a sump pump, which can drain any major leakage or flooding quickly
and effectively.


Avoid Planting Trees Close to Your Property


Trees may be a beautiful addition to your backyard. They create an environment for animals to rest in
and they can be extremely pretty in the Spring and Summer months, especially if you opt for a species
that flowers. However, if you are going to have large trees, make sure to plant them well away from your
home itself. Trees are extremely heavy, but can be uprooted by strong winds. You don’t want a tree to
fall onto your property in the midst of a storm. This could cause major damage. If you already have large
trees near your home’s walls, you might want to contact emergency tree services. These professionals
will be able to remove the tree for the sake of your safety, as well as your property’s safety.


Double Glazing


When we think about double glazing, we tend to automatically consider the benefits it provides in
regards to insulation. Glass is a particularly poor insulator, so single glazed windows allow a whole lot of
heat to escape from your property. Having double glazing helps your property to retain more heat.
However, this isn’t the only benefit. Double glazed glass also tends to stand up a little better to heavy
hail, meaning you are less likely to experience cracks or breaks should a storm take hold around your
home.


Clearing the Gutters


Sure, you might not pay all too much attention to your gutters. They tend to remain out of sight and out
of mind. But they do play an integral role in your home - they’re not just there for the sake of it! Their
main role is to guide rain water down from your roof and straight down a drain. This prevents flooding and other issues. However, it is important that you clear your gutters on a regular basis. Leaves and
other debris can build up in them and this can cause blockages and clogging, which in turn interferes
with the functioning of your gutters. If you are hesitant about being able to reach your gutters safely,
make sure to call out a professional to take care of this task on your behalf.


Maintaining Pipes


Pipes tend to freeze when they fall to a low temperature. This can cause water accessibility issues in
your home, or it could even cause pipes to burst as the water freezes and expands inside them. So,
maintain your pipes well. Set your heating to at least ten degrees when the temperature drops. This will
help to keep water flowing as it should.

As you can see, there’s a whole lot to bear in mind when it comes to ensuring your property can fare
against harsh weather and the elements. These are just a few steps that you can take to get started in
the right direction, but they’ll get you off to a good start!

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