Let It Blow: Stop Weather Getting Into Your Home

The whole point of our homes is to protect us from the elements. As a species, humans aren’t well suited to being outside in all kinds of weather. It’s not that comfortable, and it isn’t all that great for our health either. So, when the weather gets bad, it’s always best to stay inside out of the way of it all.

Even houses and apartments are really effective at protecting us from the elements outside, they themselves need some protection as well. Especially once they are a few years old and start to feel the effect of being stood out in all kinds of weather.

Do you think that the weather has started to damage your property or, in extreme cases, is even getting inside? Here are some ways you can prevent that.

– Wind

Reinforce The Garage Door

During periods of very high winds, garage doors can easily become loose and get blown off. This is especially the case if people are caught off-guard by the windy weather and leave their garage doors open. So, it’s a really good idea to reinforce this large door. You can see how to do that in the YouTube video below.

Add Siding To The Exterior Walls

When there are strong winds battering against the side of your home, you might find that it makes your home feel much colder inside. One way to get around this is to add some siding to your exterior walls. You can find out more about this at https://wildwoodroof.com/siding/ where can you also see some pictures. Not only will siding help to insulate your home against the wind, but it will also provide a protective layer to your property’s exterior brickwork.

Secure All The Shingles

One of the main complaints that many homeowners have about the wind is that it can easily blow off shingles from the roof. If you know that there is a period of strong winds forecast, then it’s worth hiring a roofer to secure the shingles for you. Don’t try and do this yourself, as it can be very dangerous working on a roof without the proper experience.

Remove Nearby Trees

Trees can become very dangerous in the winds, especially ones that are close to your home. After all, they could end up being blown over straight into your property! Branches might also get blown off and fly through your windows. So, think about getting in touch with a tree surgeon like to come and remove any nearby trees. http://www.alabamatreearborist.com.

Anchor Outdoor Furniture It’s not just your trees that might end up flying into your windows - your garden furniture could too! If you have any space in your shed, you should store everything inside during windy weather. If not, try and anchor them down so that there is no chance they can be swept up by the wind.

– Rain

Check Any Sealant

Check your windows and doors and make sure there is still plenty of sealant between them and the walls. If not, then rain will easily end up through the gaps. You can buy sealant from most DIY stores, so you should be able to replace any old sealant easily enough yourself.

Cover Your Air Vents

If rainwater is going to enter your home one way, it will be through all your air vents. If the weather forecast has predicted heavy rain, then you should get some thick plastic sheeting from your nearest DIY store and cover the vents on the inside and outside.

Modify All Water Valves

If you live in an area that is prone to flooding, you should take some time to modify all the water valves in your home. Gate valves are the best kind and will prevent any floods causing a backlog of sewerage; you should be able to find these in most DIY stores. If not, it’s worth looking online for them.

– Snow

Fix Your Roof

Snow isn’t normally that big of a problem when it comes to your roof. At least, not when there is only a small amount of it up there. However, heavy snowfall can cause loose tiles and shingles to fall off. So, if you know that there is a significant snowstorm on its way, you should get a roofer to fix any roof issues so that they don’t develop into big problems.

Stock Up On Salt And Grit

Excessive snowfall can also cause damage to the paths and walkways outside your home. That’s because the snow could get into any tiny cracks or gaps in the concrete or wood. This will freeze overnight, and the ice will expand in the gaps and cracks. This will cause even more cracking and, ultimately, you might need to replace the concrete or wood. So, stock up on salt and grit to cover all your walkways and paths with. This will cause any ice or snow to instantly thaw before it can do any damage.

Clean Out Gutters

Before any long cold spells hit your neighborhood, you should clean out all of your gutters. This will reduce the risk of any ice developing during freezing temperatures. Plus, once you have removed all of the usual rubbish that gets caught in gutters, there will be enough space for snow to collect and then defrost.

Insulate Your Pipes

As I’ve already mentioned, excessive snow always brings freezing temperatures. And these temperatures are bad news for your pipes. When temperatures dip a considerable amount, the water in your pipes will freeze. During the freezing process, it expands as it turns to ice. This could, in some really bad situations, result in the water pipes bursting. So, as you can see, it’s really important that you insulate your pipes correctly. That way, the water temperature won’t dip to freezing. You can buy some special insulation materials for pipes in DIY stores. It’s also important that you leave the heating on in any outdoor buildings and sheds that have water pipes as these buildings can get especially cold.

Over the next few months, you might experience some of the bad weather mentioned above. Hopefully, all of the above great ideas can help you keep your home well protected until the nice weather returns!

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