This year has seen a range of weather conditions from the sub-zero temperatures of the ‘Beast from the East’ and Storm Emma, to one of the hottest recorded summers with temperatures soaring to 35.1˚C.
Whilst Autumn 2018 has got off to a good start, some forecasters are suggesting that we will experience an unusually cold winter and with this in mind here are a few tips to help prevent damage from bad weather to your home.
Heating and Insulation – Ensure that the water tank and exposed pipes are insulated and leave the heating on at least 12˚C during cold periods.
Services – Check that stopcocks are operational and remind others in your household of their location so that the water supply can be isolated quickly should there be a problem. Put together an emergency kit containing torches, spare batteries, warm blankets in the event of a power cut.
Gardens – Garden furniture and children’s toys should be put away and ensure trampolines are anchored securely.
Gutters/Paths and Steps – Check and clear gutters to ensure that there are no blockages which might increase the risk of flooding and water damage during prolonged periods of bad weather. In the event of snowfall, clear snow and ice from pathways and if it’s very slippery put up a warning sign for visitors.
Unoccupied Property – If your home is going to be unoccupied during a period of bad weather – check your insurance policy to ensure you comply with the unoccupancy conditions. If possible, ask a friend or neighbour to check your property once a day whilst we are having bad weather.
As a specialist loss adjuster, Quadra is finalising our winter preparations ahead of time to ensure that we are well prepared to meet clients’ needs. Quadra provides nationwide coverage, and staff are ready to be deployed to any affected region ensuring a fast response and a BAU approach should we receive an influx of new claims instructions. In addition, with our own nationwide specialist repair network, Quadrassist – consisting of nearly 60 contractors and suppliers – we are well placed to assist our clients’ customers with all their emergency needs immediately post-loss through to completion of reinstatement if so required.
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