Your home’s safety is probably very important to you. Whether it is safety from intruders, from damage or from fire, keeping your home safe is vital for both the protection of your family and your property. During the COVID-19 pandemic, safety has been on all our minds; in this handy blog, you will find helpful tips for keeping your home safe from adverse weather this winter – no matter where you live!
- Water Safety
If you live in an area with a lot of rain, you are probably used to the winter time being wet and wild. Not wet and wild in a sunny beach-and-ocean way; wet and wild as in wild winds and freezing rain. You get the picture. Water damage can be highly detrimental to the structure and air quality of your home, and can also be very expensive to fix. Damp and mold are both bad for your lungs and can make your home smelly and difficult to ventilate. So how can you keep your home safe from water damage this winter?
Firstly, have your roof examined by an expert to ensure that you have no vulnerabilities in your roof structure before the winter ahead. Leaks in roofs are very common and can be difficult to fix once the water has already come in. Secondly, apply the same logic to your basement. Basement Waterproofing is essential to make sure water and damp doesn’t seep through into the floor and cause foundational damage to your home.
- Ice and Snow Safety.
If you live in an area which is prone to ice and snow in the winter months, you will know that these weather conditions can be pretty severe. If you want to protect your home from ice and snow, there are a few steps you can take. Firstly, make sure your windows and doors are airtight without drafts. Drafts can not only fill your home with freezing cold air which increases your need for central heating, but they can also freeze over and cause glass and wood to crack and break.
Secondly, ensure your outdoor areas like your driveway and garden are coated with salt grit when there is snow and ice present. This grit can stop your car skidding and can stop you from slipping and falling on slippery, dangerous ice outside your home. This can prevent dangerous injuries for both you and your children this winter.
- Drought Safety
Even though winter is not typical for droughts, due to the wildfires that have been raging through California this year, it is better to be safe than sorry. Make sure you have plenty of water stocked up at home, and make sure you never light any fires outdoors. However small, a fire can spread rapidly over dry grass and trees, causing devastation. In addition, clear all dried up leaves and debris from your yard, to prevent them catching alight in any way.
Staying safe is super important right now. Use this helpful guide to prepare yourself for any adverse weather that comes your way!