As we head into winter, protect the people you love with Monier and get prepared for the stormy weather. These practical tips will keep you and your family safe
HOW TO PREPARE FOR A STORM:
1. Clean your gutters, downpipes and drains regularly to prevent blockages.
It is important to keep your gutters and downpipes clear as blockages can cause the water to overflow under the eaves into the roof cavity. Clear leaves from the valleys of your roof as these will make their way into the gutters in heavy rain. Keep the drains around your property clear to help surface water move away and prevent water from pooling and entering your property. Park away from low lying areas and drains if heavy rainfall is expected.
2. Fix any damage to your roof, including broken or missing tiles.
Monier concrete and terracotta tiles are guaranteed for 50 years (check your warranty for details), but maintenance is still important. Your roof should be checked every year (or after major events such as hail storms) for signs of damage. Fix any cracked, broken or displaced tiles. Build-up of dirt should be removed as it can block the drainage channels on the underside of tiles. Damaged roof sheeting may need to be patched or replaced. Check inside your roof space. Light shining through may indicate that your roof or sarking (waterproof insulation membrane) is damaged. Working on a roof can be dangerous so we recommend you contact an expert tradesperson if in doubt about your capacity to check or maintain your roof. Have your roof inspected by an expert tradesperson every 5-7 years.
3. Maintain your yard and balcony.
Secure or store items that could blow around in strong winds. Strong winds can pick up even large items such as outdoor furniture, trampolines and roofing iron causing damage to windows, roofs and cars. Identify things which you may need to secure or put away if strong wind or a severe storm is forecast. Storms can affect your home even if you’re on holiday, so if you are going away consider securing these items before leaving.
4. Trim trees and branches that could potentially fall on your home or property.
Check with your local council about any guidelines or required consent applications. Remember, your safety is important so contact a qualified (and insured) arborist or tree surgeon for advice if necessary. Have a qualified arborist inspect trees every 2-3 years to identify any preventative action necessary. Remember to park your car away from trees if strong winds and severe storms are predicted.
5. Check your insurance policy is current and adequate.
Consider things such as the type of cover (building insurance for home owners and mortgagees, contents insurance however is applicable for everyone). Consider also what level of cover you are insured for. Make sure that your insurance policy provides cover for the types of events specific to your location, these may include: flash flood, storm water runoff, associated landslip (or landslide) and damage to properties by trees.
6. Make a Home Emergency Plan for your family that outlines what you would do in an emergency.
Consider where you’ll go and how you’ll get in contact with each other along with any special circumstances or considerations for your household. Remember that storms and other emergencies can happen at any time of day so think about where members of your household may be (school, work, commuting), how you’ll get in touch with them and where you can meet up. Try to identify how you will manage in these circumstances and who you may be able to get additional support from. Make sure that everyone knows what the plan is.