The local weather radar confirmed there was a pretty big thunderstorm on its way, and unfortunately, it seems your suburb has borne the brunt of it. The yard’s a mess, you lost power at one stage, and you’re pretty sure you might have a broken window or two downstairs. The danger has now passed, and it’s time to inspect for any damage. So what’s the best way of tackling a post-storm situation? Here are our top 7 storm clean-up tips for your home.
Tip #1 – Check your roof for damage and check inside for internal water damage
Big thunderstorms can often also involve high winds that can lead to roof damage, so if you’re able to inspect your roof safely, check for loose or dislodged tiles. If you’ve suffered more serious damage, contact a specialised roofing contractor sooner rather than later, as exposed areas may be subject to even more storm activity in the weeks and months ahead.
Check the inside of your house for other storm damage including leaks or any water spots on ceilings. If they’re evident, it could be a sign of additional roofing problems, so again, consult a professional for assistance.
Tip #2 – Inspect all windows, obtain quotes and then lodge a claim with your insurance provider
If you’re undertaking a storm damage clean-up exercise, looking for broken windows is probably a good place to start. These are best repaired by a professional glazier and it can be costly, however many household insurance providers will offer cover for certain ‘acts of God’. These can relate to storm-related flying debris, wind damage and other unforeseeable occurrences.
Your insurance provider will often assess the amount of damage based on the window’s frame, glass and the surrounding structure, however, how the window has been broken will be their primary focus. That’s why it’s important to record the damage that’s occurred by providing photos and written documentation – it will enable your provider to reach a fair and equitable result for your claim.
Tip #3 – Report any fallen power lines and stay clear of electrical cables and damaged switchboards
If you’re cleaning up after a storm, particularly in the event of losing power briefly or for a significant period, it’s important to stay away from fallen power lines. Report any low, damaged or fallen lines to emergency services or your local electricity distribution entity. If you’ve lost power, they can also advise when your power will be reconnected.
Stay clear of electrical cables, electrical signs and street lights, and don’t touch a damaged switchboard. If you have a solar power system, keep away from solar panels and their cables, and always contact a licensed electrician to do any electrical work for you.
Tip #4 – Check your gutters and drainage systems and consult a professional plumber if your stormwater drains are compromised
Another important storm clean-up tip is to check your curbs, gutters and drainage systems for water, mud, leaves and other lawn debris. Check that no extraneous water is puddling or pooling anywhere, and make a note of where leaves and other debris is collecting, as inefficient or damaged stormwater systems can cause extensive damage.
If you believe your stormwater system may be compromised after a storm, it’s best to consult with a professional plumber who will effectively clear your stormwater systems and get them flowing to help prevent what could be expensive damage to your property.
Tip #5 – Check for fallen trees, and organise the removal of your rubbish
Check your lawn, trees and other foliage for storm damage. Note any fallen branches and consult a landscaping specialist or arborist if the damage is significant. You may need to rethink the placement of trees and foliage in future to further enhance your drainage systems and wind barriers.
Clear your yard of all stones, leaves and sticks as it will help your water clogged garden and lawn dry quicker. Compost what you can, separate what is not decomposable and contact us here at Cutters to organise the disposal of your waste for you.
Tip #6 – If you decide to use a chainsaw to clean up tree debris, be mindful of safety
Every year around Australia people are injured through chainsaw accidents, and unfortunately, most of these injuries could have been prevented. If you’re using a chainsaw to clean up after a storm, always follow the manufacturer’s instructions, check your chainsaw thoroughly before use, and ensure that all safety devices are working.
Always wear suitable protective clothing, keep other people and animals well away from your working area, and make sure you have secure footing and a planned retreat path from your operating area. Do not become distracted, and don’t operate a chainsaw when tired – operating a chainsaw requires constant attention. Most importantly, maintain your chainsaw and have it checked regularly by a professional.
Tip #7 – Engage a professional rubbish skip hire company like Cutters Skips
You’ve spent hours in the yard cleaning up storm debris and unfortunately, there’s a lot of it. Now what? Hiring a professional rubbish skip company can provide you with an environmentally friendly solution to recycling all your waste, and they can also save you time and effort by collecting, removing and sorting all of your rubbish. If you hire a skip bin from Cutters on a weekend, you also won’t be charged any additional costs – they operate 7 days a week, inclusive of Saturdays and Sundays.
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