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Cyclone-proofing Pointers

According to Australia’s Bureau of Meteorology, there are about 10-13 tropical cyclones each season. These storms can wreak havoc in one’s home, causing damage on the house’s structure, interior, and exterior, and can cause irreparable (or at least costly) water damage. That said, it’s best for homeowners to take necessary precautions before the cyclone season, which is generally between November to April.  As such, we’ll be taking a look at different tips to help you cyclone-proof your home in order to prevent or, at least, minimise storm damage.

Pruning

In many cases, homeowners prepare for a cyclone by securing the entire structure. However, many homeowners often neglect to prune surrounding and adjacent trees in their property. Heavy overhanging branches can potentially break off and fall on to roofs, gutters, and windows, causing dents and other damages which may also lead to water leaking into one’s home. That said, it’s best to consult your local authority and a landscaping/tree trimming professional with regards to cutting down branches that can potentially break and fall off due to strong winds.

Roof and Rain Gutter Cleaning and Maintenance

It’s important for you to clean your roof and rain gutters before and after the storm. Although well-made roofs can endure a lot of punishment, they eventually suffer from wear and tear that result in holes and gaps which allow water to leak into your ceilings and walls. Water leakage can cause damage to the house’s structure, electrical system, and anything inside the house. On the other hand, rain gutters help divert the flow of rainwater away from your home to prevent foundation damage and potential basement flooding. But if rain gutters are filled with leaves and other debris, it won’t be able to function properly, and the weight of water and debris may even cause it to loosen. As such, make sure that you constantly clean and maintain your roof and rain gutters. If you don’t have time to have holes and gaps patati up,t a" sl-icobe edhnsiv se lans can be qupice and aefod ablesolautios.

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