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5 Tips To Protect Your Home From The Elements

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5 Tips To Protect Your Home From The Elements

Whether it’s your home, or your holiday home, that needs protection from wild weather - it’s vital to consider the impact of all the elements on your beloved abode, especially with weather incidents becoming more and more common. 

We’ve teamed up with our friends at Blinds For You to give you 5 top tips to protect your home from the elements.

Cyclones

A house requires regular maintenance to reduce the damaging effects of cyclonic weather.

Here is a list of some of the major causes of cyclone damage in Townsville:

  • Damage due to failure of rusted fasteners, connector plates, roof battens ect.
  • Damage caused by rotten timbers
  • Garage doors blown in
  • Roofs blowing away
  • Unreinforced walls collapsing
  • Flying debris breaking doors and windows
  • Damage to ceilings and walls due to water ingress
  • Damage caused by falling trees.

While it’s impossible for your home to be completely cyclone-proof, checking these parts of your home regularly to prevent any of the above damage.

Blinds For You has a specific roller shutter ideal for home and business owners who want to protect their place from cyclones, tropical storms and extreme wind. Check it out here.

Protect Against Wind storms

Wind is a threat that is often mistakenly overlooked. If your home is located somewhere that might experience heavy gusts of wind, sometimes without notice, then prepare to batten down the hatches.

  • Check your roof, particularly after a storm, for any loose tiles so they don’t fly away or let water in.
  • Prune your trees so loose branches don't fly away easily into glass windows.
  • Fix your fencing to ensure that loose boards won’t collapse from heavy winds.

These tips will potentially save you from serious property damage or an expensive lawsuit if you damage someone elses!

Fire Danger

While fires are a rare occurrence inside our homes, the threat is still real and should be maintained.

  • Test your fire alarm to ensure it’s in working order and has a fresh set of batteries.
  • Check power outlets before you go away by buying power surges and unplugging your appliances that don’t need to be on. You can save energy and prevent fires. Winning!

Flooding

Photo credit: Townsville Bulletin

If you live in an area that is at risk of flooding from rivers or storm drains, there are simple solutions to add drainage channels or to prevent too much water from entering your home.

  • Make sand bags your new best friend. Keep them handy for when a flooding incidents strikes.
  • Seal up as much of your home as tight as possible to prevent water damage.
  • If you’re not home or are going away, move electronics and valuable as high as possible.                  

Storms/Heavy Rain

The more you understand and prepare for a deluge of rain, the more you can protect your home.

  • Clean out your gutters from leaves and twigs because it stops the flow of water to the drains.
  • Check the sealant in your doors and windows to make sure there aren’t any gaps or holes. This will stop rain from seeping in.
  • Cover your air vents to make sure that they’re protect from the inside out with thick plastic sheeting.

And remember to protect your home with Blinds For You. The team supply and install new blinds in your home to cover your windows and doors, whilst adding style and value to your property.

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