Winter is not over yet; so you better don’t let a few sunny days trick you. In Malta, February is notorious for its windy huffs and puffs, freak rain showers and unforeseen thunderstorms.
Have you ever spared a thought of how at risk your home is from storm damages? Time to put that thinking cap on. We’ve got some tricks up our sleeve to help you make sure your nest is safe from any storm troubles.
MOVE OUTDOOR FURNITURE INSIDE
Latest design trends have seen many homeowners spruce up their outdoor spaces; from back gardens, to roof terraces and even balconies. Spring and summer fill these areas with festivity. Winter, on the other hand, dampens their allurement. Benches, chairs, tables and sofas should hibernate to a warmer space during the wet season; whether that is under a large canopy which shades them from the natural elements or a spare room inside the house. Outdoor furniture is an investment you wouldn’t want to see go to ruins.
Be prepared for the unthinkable – cover them from accidental damages under a Home insurance policy.
CLEAR RUBBLE AND DIRT FROM BALCONIES & ROOFS
Not frequenting outdoor spaces as frequently doesn’t mean they have to suffer cleanliness neglect. Grab your broom and give those areas a quick scrub and wash. Avoid any dirt or small rubble from getting stuck in the drains and risk running into a flood. Do this more frequently if you are currently experiencing construction works in your vicinity.
ENSURE DOORS AND WINDOWS AND PROPERLY SEALED CLOSED
It might still be a tad too cold to let a cool breeze in the house. However, some ventilation does the house a multitude of good. Indoor pollutants are invited to make their way out and new air doesn’t let moisture linger long enough to turn into mould. Watch out for one thing though – once the sky darkens and the clouds start pouring, all apertures should be closed shut and tightly again. Many homeowners make the mistake of leaving a door or window slightly ajar at all times, inviting water to make its way in and cause havoc.
SECURE WATER TANKS AND THEIR COVERS
Gale force wind infiltrates every nook and cranny; dragging whatever stands in its way without a hesitation. Losing the water tank is one of the most common episodes following a wind storm. Apart from the dangers of letting foreign components contaminate the water inside, flying water tanks can cause considerable damages to your house or those of your neighbours.
WATCH OUT FOR SOLAR PANELS
Rain or shine, solar panels are always exposed. There’s no better way to safeguard their effectiveness than with a Home Insurance policy. Ensure a good cleaning is scheduled once the storm is over and keep an eye out on any damages which they might have experienced during the extreme weather.