If you live in the UK stormy unpredictable weather is nothing unusual during the winter months but during August they are fairly uncommon. In fact, since 2015 when the naming of storms system began, there have not been any summer storms and yet now in 2020 we have seen two in less than a week.
So, when does a storm become a storm? The UK Met Office takes into account a number of factors. They include the time of year the storm is happening as stronger winds in the summer or autumn have more of an impact than in other seasons as the trees are still in full leaf. Location is also another main factor as a storm hitting a densely populated area could cause significant damage. Rain and snow will also be considered if the effects could lead to flooding or disruption.
Within the last week we have had two storms, Ellen and now Francis. Storm Francis has already caused disruption. The first Severn Bridge has temporarily closed, roads in South Wales have been closed due to flooding and trains have been cancelled or delayed.
For homeowners across the UK storm damage can be very costly. From fences being blown down to roofs being blown off, it’s not only a worrying time but can also be an expensive time. If your property has suffered from storm damage, your should contact your home insurance company to get advice and make a claim for damages.
If you are a homeowner, once the storm has passed you may want to check your property has not suffered from any significant damage. Dealing with issues and fixing them now could save you a lot of time and money in the long term.
Here’s a quick checklist of what you should you look out for:
Even though it’s not autumn your gutters can get clogged up with all kinds of debris causing your guttering to overflow or break. Check to see if you can see any dripping or cracks that could indicate damage. You can easily buy replacement parts for your guttering from a reputable online rainwater system suppliers who will be able to offer advise and help if you are unsure of what you need to buy.
Tiles can easily get damaged in a storm. High winds and excessive rain can easily dislodge them. As well as viewing your roof from the outside you should also check your attic to see if you can see daylight from the inside as this could mean you have a problem.
If you have a large garden that is completely fenced its worthwhile checking the perimeter of your land to make sure your fencing is still intact, especially important if you have dogs so that they can’t escape. If your fence looks a little unstable its best to get it repaired and strengthened now instead of waiting for the inevitable to happen during the next storm.
If you need to get help to repair your property but do not know a recommended builder or property maintenance company, visit the check a trade website for local trusted trades companies: https://www.checkatrade.com/storms
If you’re interested to learn more about storms in the UK, visit the Met Office website: https://www.metoffice.gov.uk/about-us/press-office/news/weather-and-climate