How To Prepare Your Home For A Storm

  • Forecasted storms can be stressful for homeowners, as they come with a lot of uncertainty. It’s natural to feel nervous about your home’s safety when a storm is approaching, as there is a lot of unpredictability about what damage they could do.

    Make sure your home is prepared with this helpful guide from Covers!

Met Office Storm Names

  • Each year, the Met Office produces a list of names for the storms approaching the U.K. Weather warnings are put in place to protect residents and to ensure that necessary measures are taken well in advance, and the names of the storms are used to make sure people know which storm is currently live and on a path to the U.K.

    The Great British weather is so unpredictable, even in the summer months you should keep an eye on weather warnings from your local news and the Met Office, to be sure you don't get caught short when the next storm rolls in.

To help you ride out a storm as smoothly, and safely, as possible, we’ve provided our tips to make your home storm proofed, ready for you to battle the elements. Storms across the U.K can cause winds of over 90 mph in certain areas. With winds of this speed, damage to property and cars can, unfortunately, be expected.

Making sure your house is prepared for a storm is often one of those tasks that you might put off, hoping that when the time comes, your house will stand strong. And you'll come away from the storm with your home in the same state as it was previously. The problem with a storm, however, is that they are mightily unpredictable, and whilst the weather report may suggest that a storm is going to be tame, this could quickly change and you could find yourself and your home in danger of extensive damage.

Tidy your garden

  • Whether you live in a house or a flat, and no matter how big your garden is, perhaps the most important thing to prepare for a storm is to make sure that everything in your outdoor space is secured or brought inside.

    Giving your garden a quick tidy will ensure that anything loose isn't in danger of blowing away. When the wind takes hold, empty plant pots, garden furniture and even washing lines and fences can be blown away or get damaged. If you have a secure shed or garage, make sure that everything that isn't fixed in place is put away safely, or consider bringing them in your house if you do not have access to a garage or shed.

    Top tip: fill your outside bins with a few buckets of water, this will help to weigh them down, and stop them from blowing away!

Secure trees

  • Branches blown down by strong winds can cause a lot of damage. If you have trees in your garden, make sure to check for dead or loose branches, and prune these before the storm arrives.

    If possible, consider parking your car away from any trees too. Debris from trees can cause extensive damage, so parking away from the firing line should help to reduce the risk of having to make any expensive repairs, or insurance claims, with your car.

Check your fencing

  • It’s always a good idea to regularly check your fencing throughout the year, but now is the time to do so more than ever. Check that all panels and fixtures are secure, and make any fixes as soon as possible.

    Taking the time to protect your fencing now should prevent you from having to undertake emergency repairs when the weather has settled - saving you time and money.

Create a flood barrier

  • Preventing rainwater from entering your home is naturally a top priority as any storm approaches, and stacking sandbags around exterior doors is the most common way to do so. Unfortunately, your property cannot be completely flood-proofed, but there are steps you can take to limit the damage.

    Before purchasing sandbags, it is worth checking with your local council as often they will provide resources to help reduce this risk. Flood barriers are also a lightweight alternative to sandbags, and are easy to lift and install if you believe your property is at risk.

    Top Tip: If you believe your home is in a position where a flood is likely, it's a good idea to temporarily move any furniture and precious belongings upstairs, or cover anything you can to prevent a higher level of damage.

Don't get caught short

  • We know it can be hard to find the motivation to get outside when the weather is turning. But there are so many benefits to making sure that you prepare your home and outside spaces before a storm hits - particularly when it comes to the cost of reparation.

    There are many resources available for people and homes at risk, The Red Cross have an emergency app to help you keep track of weather warnings, and advice following an emergency. Don't forget to keep an eye on your local news and weather reports for advice on upcoming storms!