Extreme weather seems to be par for the course. In many parts of the country, strong winds and powerful storms have wreaked havoc on properties. These extreme weather conditions can cause chaos. Torrential rain, heavy snow storms, icy conditions and severe storms can lead to flooding, power cuts, and severe damage to homes and properties. Property owners then make claims on their insurance for this damage to be fixed. Self storage

Large numbers of households have experienced damaged roofs, fences, outbuildings, burst water pipes, and other structural damage. These spells of bad weather are not only extremely damaging to homes, but this damage is also costly to fix.

The most common insurance claims by homeowners are due to roof tiles or slates being damaged, broken windows due to flying debris, and damage caused by trees or branches being blown over.

Keep your home in good repair at all times so that if there is damage from extreme weather, your insurance will cover repairs.

Roof damage may be covered by your insurance as long as your roof was in good shape before the storm.

The same applies to a fence that was old and broken before the storms. The insurance company will probably not pay out. Keeping your home well maintained is therefore important.

Water leaks resulting from burst pipes, geysers, leaking roofs or appliances can cause extensive damage. Your first port of call is to switch off the water and call a plumber. If a leak remains undetected for a period of time, it can cause damage to your ceilings, or lift floors and ruin carpets.

There has been a rise in the number of houses reporting water damage, and these have been attributed to two issues.

  • There has been an increase in home improvements where people have added an extra bathroom, hot tub, or others which require water. This increases the chances of leaks.
  • The climate in the UK has changed in recent years resulting in hotter summers and colder winters. Extreme weather conditions can lead to burst pipes when it is cold, and chaotic storms that can even cause structural damage to homes.

Has Your House Been Damaged in Any Way?

Once your insurance company has checked the extent of the damage to your home, they will let you know how they intend to go forward with the repairs. If the damage is very bad, you may have to move your belongings out of the house while they repair it. This is where a self storage facility such as Stop & Store Fareham can solve the problem of where to keep your things while the repairs are carried out.

Fixing the Roof and Ceilings

This is a massive job which involves taking out the damaged ceilings, removing broken or damaged roofing, and may involve fixing the wooden trusses if they have been damaged. Bear in mind that this is a very dusty job, and this dust will get in everywhere. Dust can cause damage to belongings such as electronics, and of course you do not want it seeping into your clothing cupboards. So, the contractor will probably advise you to take your stuff out of the house while the repairs are being carried out.

Underpinning Foundations

Underpinning is when the original foundations of the house need reinforcement as they are not always strong enough to support the house. Subsiding can happen when there is a change in the soil structure the house is built on. This change can even be the result of flooding. Large cracks will appear in your walls and floors, but you need to call in a structural engineer to decide what needs to be done.

This is a big job that needs to be carried out by the experts. It can have an effect on the value of your house.

New deeper footings are constructed under the existing foundations to stabilize them, and to prevent further subsiding.

If your home needs foundations underpinned, it would be advisable to pack your possessions up and move them into a self storage facility as they may need to carry out some of the work inside.

Steps You Can Take to Minimize Damage

  1. Maintenance

    Check your roof for cracked, loose, or missing tiles, and replace them. A roof that is in disrepair will allow the elements such as heavy rain or snow, and high winds, to cause further damage.

  2. Clear your gutters

    Keeping gutters and storm water drains clear will allow the water to drain away without causing any harm.

  3. Prune trees

    Stormy weather and high winds can bring branches down which can cause major damage. To avoid this, keep your large trees trimmed.

  4. Big storms forecast

    Keep your eye on the weather so that you know when bad weather is on the way, and you can protect your property.

Stop & Store Fareham Self Storage Facility

When your home has been damaged by the forces of nature and you need to store your household goods while your home is repaired, hiring a self storage unit at our facility will do the job.

  • The security of your belongings is our priority, so our storage facility is fully secured with monitored CCTV and intruder alarms. You can therefore be assured that your belongings will be safe from being stolen.
  • Stop & Store Fareham is conveniently situated in the Fareham Shopping Centre, which is the heart of town and is easily accessible.
  • We offer easy access to the units for convenient loading and off-loading.
  • Our units, which vary in size from 12 sq. ft. to 200 sq. ft., are modern, steel-partitioned rooms which are clean, dry, and secure.
  • Rentals are available from one month to as long as you need.
  • If you are not sure how much space you need, make use of our handy Space Calculator on our website. Otherwise please contact us for any assistance.
  • Booking is straightforward, once we have received payment along with a signed contract and photo ID, we will send you your PIN code and you can access your unit immediately.

Please contact us on 01329 556174 for more information. We look forward to hearing from you.

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