How to protect your home and yard from Storm Eunice

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Britain was facing high winds and torrential rain when Storm Dudley hit on Wednesday evening (February 16), causing power outages and disrupting travel across the country. While the chaos and cleanup after a storm can be a nightmare for homeowners, there are still many ways you can prevent damage.

Wondering how to protect your home? With Storm Eunice just around the corner, check out what you can do below…

1. Check your roof

Strong winds and thunderstorms can rip the tiles right off your roof, so be sure to check for loose or cracked roof tiles, as well as the tiles around your chimney, if any. If you notice any signs of damage or deterioration, make a note of it and call a roofer for help.

“Also make sure you remove any dead leaves and debris from your gutter so it can drain properly. If this is not properly maintained, it can lead to water overflow and further damage, especially with potential flooding from storms,” says the Hillarys team.

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2. Clear out the garden

Many gardens were affected by Storm Dudley which swept through Britain. After the rain, inspect your outdoor area for problems like loose or dead branches, broken fences, or fallen trees. If you have a garden shed, check the side panels for damage or leaks.

“You should also ensure that any fixtures such as fences and sheds are in a stable condition and securely fastened to withstand the blustery winds,” adds Hillarys. “It’s even worth checking the condition of trees and branches near your home and removing them if necessary, although we advise contacting a tree surgeon first.”

3. Transport valuables upstairs

Keep your personal belongings safe by transporting valuables upstairs, especially if you live in a flood-prone area. Place items such as photos, memorabilia, and family heirlooms in a box away from doors where water could get in.

In addition, the team advises: “Make sure your water and electricity supplies have been shut off at source and that you have all the correct contact information for your landlord (if you’re renting) or your insurer (if you’re an owner). and learn about the recommended actions you should take before attempting any cleanup.”

4. Defend other areas of the house

The storm’s high winds can cause excessive damage, so experts recommend securing any plants that could be swept away, placing garden ornaments (like concrete bird baths) inside, and wrapping the wooden legs of tables and chairs in plastic bags to avoid water soak in and cause rot. Taking these preventive measures can help save you time, money, and disappointment about potential damage.

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5. Document the damage

If your home hasn’t weathered a storm as well as you’d hoped, it might be worth considering contacting your insurance company to see how they can help.

“At such a difficult time, it’s understandable that photographing the water damage at the family home could be the last thing on your mind,” says the Hillarys team. “However, it is imperative to document the impact on your property to ensure your insurance company knows the full extent of the devastation and recovers any financial loss.”

6. Consider long-term planning

“If you have a home that you don’t plan on leaving any time soon and that could therefore flood again, it’s definitely worth considering how best to protect your home from the possible effects of climate change in the future.”

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