Storm Season varies across Australian State. Check out the list below to see when it’s coming for you, and ask yourself if your home is ready for the weather that’s in store?
- Western Australia:May – October
- Victoria: October – March
- Northern Territory:November – April
- New South Wales:September – March
- Queensland:November – March
If you’re a homeowner, storm season means a few important things for you. The high winds, potential hail and heavy rain pose specific threats to your home and surrounding properties.
The best advice you should follow is to take preventative action to avoid significant home damage. The good news is that all this will take is a relatively pain-free inspection of the major areas of your home.
To avoid a disaster ahead of time, follow these inspection tips now – before the storms really hit.
Check Your Roof for Leaks or Other Issues
A leaky or worn out roof isn’t just an aesthetic problem. Holes in the roof aren’t a major issue when there’s not much rain or wind, aside from reducing the effectiveness of your home’s insulation. But when the storm season picks up, it can cause major damage to your home. Even worse, winds can make a small roof-related problem even worse – sometimes after just one storm.
With issues like water damage, mould and wall/ceiling damage, why would you risk a leaky roof in your home? Check your roof for cracks, holes and damaged or missing tiles (or have it checked by a professional) to make sure it’s sturdy enough to endure the wind and rain.
Trim Trees on Your Property
Overhanging trees and large branches may not seem like a big issue during warm months. But add a little bit of wind and rain to the formula and you have some potential dangers in those trees.
Broken branches can cause significant damage to your home and surrounding property. Even worse, they could pose an injury risk to you, your family or even people passing by your home. Make sure to trim your trees, spot cracked or old/dying branches and remove.
Clean and Mend Gutters/Downpipes
Take some time to check for full clearance of your gutters and downpipes. These are the transport tools your home needs to move water away from your house and foundation. That’s why it’s so important to keep these channels 100% clear of leaves, dirt and other debris.
If your gutters and downpipes are clogged, you risk flooding, backups and related problems. Similar to a leaky roof, this could lead to standing water in your house, flooding, mould risk, damage to the exterior of the home or internal plaster damage.
Clear Drains of Debris
Similarly, if your drains are blocked by soil, debris or other items, you could easily risk major food and water damage.
Even partially blocked drains could lead to flooding and related problems during the storm season. Make it a point to check your drains throughout your property to ensure they’re clear and open. That way, you’ll provide a place for all that excess water to drain away.
Check for Gaps in Your Insurance Coverage
It goes without saying that you should have comprehensive insurance coverage for your home. This protects both your home and you in case of emergency. Sometimes it can seem a little confusing about what is covered and what isn’t. How sure are you that you have coverage for specific situations or emergencies?
For instance, in many cases you can have insurance that protects you from floods. However, your coverage may not protect you from flooding caused by sewage backups. This could lead to a miserable and expensive clean up if you find a gap like this after an emergency.
Take some time to go over all your insurance coverage and try to find the gaps. And make sure to get those gaps covered if you find any.
Stay Prepared Now – and Avoid Headaches Later
As you can see with this list, the secret to surviving the stormy season as a homeowner always comes down to preparation. If you prepare ahead of time, you’ll avoid having to react to emergencies you weren’t ready to endure. Just a little bit of preparation work now will save you a lot of time, money and stress down the road.
It’s always a good idea to get help from a professional if you don’t think you will be able to spot the warning signs, or if you will have trouble checking your roof or gutters alone. Booking an annual building maintenance inspection with a professional is a small cost to provide peace of mind and identify any small issues before they become big and expensive defects!