‘I’m a home expert – you should always do these 4 things before a storm’

Storm Isha is expected to batter the UK today bringing torrents of heavy rain for some and gale-force winds “for all”, according to the Met Office.

Amber and yellow severe weather warnings have been issued, with many places likely to see gusts of 50-60mph inland and 60-80mph gusts in some coastal areas.

With properties across the country at risk, home expert Mike Storey of UK Flat Roofing & Insulation Specialists has provided his crucial four-step guide to help Britons secure their homes.

He said: “Storm Isha is the ninth storm of the season, which means homes across the UK have most likely already taken damage over the past couple of months.

“And with the Met Office predicting gusts of up to 80 mph and up to 50mm of rain in certain areas, homeowners risk spending £5,039 in repairs! Luckily, taking these steps to prepare your home for any storm can significantly reduce the risk of damage against severe weather.”

Gutters are no good at channelling water away from the house if they’re clogged up, so they must be given a quick clean before storm Isha hits.

Mikey explained: “Cleaning gutters can protect your home from water buildup caused by the storm. Clogged gutters can lead to damage to the roof, siding and foundation, so ensure that your gutters and downspouts are clear of debris, leaves and twigs using gloves for protection.

“Flush out any remaining blockages with a garden hose which will help water flow freely through gutters and downspouts.”

While sweeping gutters, it’s worth taking a look at the roof too. According to the property expert, loose tiles and damaged shingles are more common than you think, and will be the first materials to get swept away in a storm.

Mikey continued: “This can lead to water entering your home and damaging the interior. It’s also worth examining the flashing around the roof vents, chimneys, and skylights for damage. If the area you live in has received a yellow weather warning from the Met Office, consider installing roof bracings to reinforce the roof against heavy wind and other stormy conditions.”

Though it seems time-consuming, taking these simple precautions could warrant huge savings on repairs.

According to Checkatrade, the average roof repair sets homeowners back £180 per square metre and a staggering £800 on top of that to fix a damaged ceiling.

Windows and doors are another risky fitting when it comes to storms, especially if they’re already leaking or have loose sealant. The home expert claimed that everything should be tightly sealed to help you stay warm, but also to minimise the impact of water damage.

Mikey said: “Water damage can also impact the structural integrity of your home. If there are any gaps or cracks in the windows or doors, apply draught excluder tape or caulk to these seals to prevent drafts and water damage. This can ultimately save you up to £336 on your energy bills.”

Checkatrade costings show that homeowners could face a bill of £170 for uPVC door repairs and £100 for a blown window if they’re not storm-proofed beforehand.

It’s not just the building itself that Britons need to worry about before the bad weather hits. Loose garden fittings like plant pots, patio furniture, gardening tools and other decor should be locked away so they don’t get whipped up in strong winds.

If not, they could become projectiles that can break windows and cause other damage to your property. Mikey added: “Trim overhanging tree branches and weak trees from your garden as these are more likely to fall during a storm and cause significant roof and structural damage.”

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