Admiral provides you with 6 tips to help prepare your home for stormy weather this winter.
When extreme weather warnings roll in, rushing home and barricading yourself inside with cups of tea and a good box set may sound like the best option.
But, before you bolt the door shut, there are a few things you may want to do to prepare your home for the coming storm.
1. Batten down the hatches
If you have loose items in your garden or on your balcony make sure you either bring them inside or tie them down. Watching your patio set fly past the window is bad news all round. Even worse if it flies THROUGH the window
2. Home alone
- Keep your home constantly heated to 12 degrees Celsius
- If you do not leave your heating on, you will need to turn off the water supply at the mains and drain the system
IMPORTANT. If you do not do either of these you might not be covered in the event of a claim.
3. Look up
Homeowners do have a responsibility to ensure their home is in the best possible condition which means checking all your roof tiles are in place before a storm hits. Gale force winds and a ladder to the roof are a definite no-no so get prepared now.
4. Get trimming
Low hanging tree branches could cause chaos in high winds. If you have trees in your garden make sure you trim – or arrange to have them trimmed – before bad weather hits. If the trees are in a neighbours garden try to speak to them to avoid disputes over blame should the worst happen.
5. Get to know your home
It’s surprising the number of people who don’t know where the stop cock is to turn off the water. Familiarise yourself with the location of the stop cock and where to turn off the gas and electricity at the mains to avoid a potentially dangerous leak. Make a note of it and stick it to the fridge just in case you aren’t home to turn them off
6. Contact us
Of course your home insurer’s number will be on your documents but if the worst were to happen, you'll find all the numbers you need on our Contact Us section.