January has brought us all types of weather, sun, storms, and snow, storm Isha even brought tornados along with its 95 mph winds! It’s been the worst storm to hit the UK since Feb 2022, so it’s no wonder the team has spent so much time lately fixing fences and roofs. Now is a great time to make sure your house and garden are safe and secure before any more interesting weather comes our way.
What damage should I look for after a storm?
Some things will be pretty obvious for instance. You’re unlikely to miss it if your fence has blown away, and yes we can fix that for you, but not everything will be that simple. Here are our top 5 priority checks for after a storm:
1: Check for leaks
This seems like a no-brainer, but leaks might be more subtle than you’re thinking. A small drip over a long period can do major damage. As we’ve explored in previous posts, leaks can cause mould and rot, which can be catastrophic for anything wooden like floorboards, if you don’t get them sorted right away. Check your walls, and ceilings, and don’t forget the inside of any built-in storage. You can do all of this from inside in the warm, and don’t forget to…
2: Check the attic
Careful up there, if you haven’t had attic flooring put in you might want our help you do that first, or you can carefully navigate using the joists, but we wouldn't recommend that. Having access to your loft is about more than having somewhere to store your old boxes. Inspecting your loft can help you identify any ingress points that could allow heat to escape, water to enter, and feathered friends to find a place to nest. All of which can be costly if not addressed.
3: Check for missing roof tiles
If any slates have come off the roof, there may be telltale signs of shards in the garden, but with strong winds like we’ve experienced lately, the evidence could have blown away overnight. The best thing to do is get up on the roof and inspect the tiles, but we can’t recommend you do this bit yourself. It’s quite a long way down. Let our trained professionals do this for you, and sort the repairs too.
3: Check your guttering
As we covered before, damaged or blocked gutters can cause all kinds of damp problems if left unchecked. Check out our useful guide if you want to clear them yourself, or let us clean, repair, or upgrade your gutters.
4: Check your shed, garage, or outbuildings
If you’re lucky enough to have any of these, they can be a great place to safely store things like your garden chairs, tools, and (let's be honest) random detritus you’ve been meaning to get rid of, but haven’t quite managed to yet. But these buildings need some love too. Check for any leaks or damage here as well, and bear in mind they probably won’t have been built with the same level of care and attention, or material quality as you have of your house.
Of course, if you don’t have something like this, but would like one, we can help you with that as well.
5: Check your fence
As mentioned earlier, your fence might have taken the brunt of the wind and rain, and even with regular suitable stains and treatments, wooden structures will need repairs and replacements after a while. Some of which you can do yourself, although you might need a friend's help for some parts.
How do I replace a fence panel? We hear you ask. Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered:
Remove the old panels, posts, and any damaged parts. You will want to replace anything that looks broken or you risk damaging the new panels as well. Dig out the old post, concrete, and all. This will take some time and effort, but it’s worth it if you want a strong fence. You will need to make the hole at least two feet (over 60cm) to make sure it's sturdy enough to hold
Place your new fence post in position, and make sure it’s level and at the same height as the other posts. You will want to use a spirit level and string to ensure you get this step right. Pour in the correct fast-setting postcrete and the appropriate amount of water (you can get this from most hardware stores, it will have instructions on the bag) and wait for it to set. It will take at least 20 minutes for your postcrete to fully harden.
Attach your new fence panel and clip it into place using fence clips. Fence panels are heavy, and it would be dangerous to have one fall on you, so get some help with this. Make sure they are firmly attached, and you’re all done.
And as always, if in doubt, give us a shout.