7 home hazards to address before a storm hits your home

Posted on December 05 , 2016 by Vantage Point Roofing

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While the last few weeks has seen only a few short-lived and tame storms, the peak of storm season is still yet to arrive. Last year Cyclone Oma threatened to hit the coast of South East Queensland well after the end of our typical storm season and had everyone who'd switched to low alert mode in a scramble. The lesson here is that you can't be complacent when it comes to storms! 

Get Prepared!

With this mind - let's get prepared! Number one on the list: get your property ready! The list of items below may seem like a given, but when a storm is around the corner, it's easy to get in a spin, so here's 7 items to tick off around the home before moving on to other preparations!

   High winds drive surf onto land, trees blowing Damage to inside of home in the aftermath of a storm

Preventative Measures

Often property damage is inevitable during a severe weather event however, there are 7 home hazards that if you address correctly, can help you minimise the damage that a storm may inflict on your property:

1. Loose items in the yard or balcony 

     These can be thrown during strong winds, be broken or cause breakages of other items.

2. Blocked gutters, downpipes or roof valleys

    This can disrupt the way water is designed to flow down your roof and cause water damage issues.

3. Rusted holes in the roof or broken tiles

    This may allow water to penetrate directly into the roof cavity potentially causing internal    

    problems with your building.

4. Tree branches close to the home

    Branches may weaken and fall during a storm causing damage to the property underneath.

5. Weakened soil around tree base, and/or excess soil, mulch and garden waste around

    the property

    This may encourage trees to fall and allow debris to flow around your property.

6. Glass windows (or doors) without screens or shutters

    Glass can break leaving sharp shards that may cause injury, whilst also leaving a hole where rain or

    hail can enter the property.

7. Shades, sails and awnings that may be old or fitted incorrectly

   These may come loose, get torn, or get blown around during strong winds.

 Twisted metal roof sheets removed during storm


To find out how to address these home hazards and minimise damage to your property, as well as tips for what to do before, during and after a severe storm, download our FREE Storm Season E-Book!

It contains all you need to know, including free resources such as checklists and templates to implement in your own home.


Download the FREE E-Book Now




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Updated 4th Jan 2020




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Image 2 Source: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-11-28/brisbane-storms-68000-residents-still-without-power/5924112

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