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Prepare Your Home for Western Australia's Storm Season
Western Australia’s storm season is coming up from May to October, and with high winds, rainy days and severe storms that may bring hail, the weather has the potential to damage your home or commercial property. This risk is especially high for properties that may already have issues on the roof covering, gutters and drainage systems.
Preparation is the key to maintaining your home and preventing weather-related damage throughout storm season, so Perth and WA homeowners have two months from now to get any potential problems resolved. Getting the work done in advance will keep homes protected through the worst of the season.
Follow this checklist below to get all the essentials covered – and keep your investment protected.
Check the Roof for Leaks
The last thing you want to worry about during a rain or hail storm is a leak in your roof. That water will find its way into your ceiling, walls and floors. Even worse, water in hard-to-access areas of your home makes a bad situation for potential mould growth. You could very likely end up with a mould problem that could risk you or your family’s health.
Water damage is a cascading onslaught of effects that no one wants to endure. Don’t let your own home end up this way. Checking your roof for leaks or wear and tear is a crucial first step in weather preparedness. If you’re not sure what to look for, a building maintenance and defects report from a professional building inspector (like us!) will give you a thorough analysis of your roof’s condition.
Clean or Repair Gutters & Downpipes
Gutters are a surprisingly common area of the home to sustain damage or cause other difficulties during the stormy season. Even worse, leaves, dirt and other debris can block them and cause water backups. If these backups occur on your roof, you’re increasing the risk of a potential roof leak or flood. Make sure that all your gutters are clean and clear and none of them are damaged, corroded or fallen away from your home.
Additionally, downpipes must be checked to guarantee they are functioning properly. Even a minor blockage could lead to major flooding and water damage in a heavy downpour. Also ensure the downpipe is still correctly aligned to meet with the drain on the ground. If the downpipe has become dislodged from the wall and the water does not pour into the drain it could cause flooding around the home, or even flooded foundations, which would bring a whole host of other issues if left unchecked.
Ensure Your Insurance Coverage is Adequate
If a storm brings down a tree that damages your home, do you know if your insurance covers the repair costs? Questions like these are what you need to ask yourself now, before any sort of situation develops. Take some time to review your insurance information and coverage – including information like deductibles, total payout amounts and what is and isn’t covered. If you need to add additional coverage, do it now before it’s too late.
Assess Trees for Damage Risk to Your Home
Old or large trees near your home may carry an extra risk during strong winds and other inclement weather. All it takes is one branch to fall, damage your roof and cause a leak that floods your home. If the rain is severe, arranging emergency repair services will be the last thing you want for you and your family.
Assess the condition of trees and branches on your property and remove loose branches and leaves now before they fall onto your house or clog your gutters and drains. If necessary, consult a tree removal agency if you have a tree that may become a falling risk.
Have a Professional Inspection for Peace of Mind
It’s always important for property owners to check the basics before weathering the wind, rain and hail. But sometimes getting an expert perspective from a trained professional is an even better idea. A professional home inspection will give you a thorough analysis of your home’s condition. Even better, it will give you peace of mind that your home is ready for whatever weather it may be hit with during the stormy season, or the right instructions to give to a maintenance professional if some upkeep is required.