With the recent heavy rains, fierce winds, flash floods and hail storms, many properties throughout the country have suffered severe damage. By its very nature weather is unpredictable, so how do you safeguard your family and property? Indwe shares a few top tips to help you get prepared for the next big storm.
- Inspect your roof and fix leaks, cracks and broken tiles to prevent water from causing damage to your home. If you have a thatch roof, ensure you have an approved lightening conductor installed.
- These should be cleaned of debris on a regular basis so that water does not stagnate but flows easily down the drains.
- All drains and downpipes should be checked and any blockages removed so that water moves away from your property.
- Doors and windows. These should all be properly maintained so that when you close them there is an effective seal which prevents water from entering your home.
- Trim trees on your property and remove dead branches that could cause damage if they fell during a storm.
- Windscreen wipers. Inspect the rubber on the front and back windscreen wipers and ensure that the wipers are working efficiently.
- Headlights and hazards must be checked and bulbs replaced if necessary.
- It’s essential that your tyres be properly inflated, have the required level of tread remaining and be free of damage.
DURING A STORM
For your safety you should remain indoors until the storm passes, however, if you are in your car, drive slowly and keep a safe following distance. Turn on your headlights and if you pull over, switch on your hazard lights. Avoid parking under trees, rather try to find a bridge or covered car park and wait for the storm to pass. If you find yourself at an intersection or low bridge that is flooded, don’t drive across it as your car could be swept away.
Summer in South Africa is synonymous with thunderstorms and while the country needs the rain, no one wants to deal with damaged property and possessions. With a little home and car maintenance you can safeguard the things you care about. It’s also essential that you are adequately insured, so contact your Indwe advisor today on 0860 13 13 14 for advice or if you have any questions.
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