Adelaide has experienced some crazy storms this week causing major damage. Severe storms and heavy rain can affect your home’s plumbing and cause dangerous back drafts too. Here are some thunderstorm safety tips to help you keep you and your family safe through a storm.
If your home had a track record of flooding, make sure all electrical appliances and wires are packed away. If you know a storm is coming, check your gutters and grates to make sure they have plenty of space to rid the area of water. Make sure all the taps are turned off and doors and windows are shut. In the event that the inside of your home becomes wet from a storm, use a wet-dry vacuum or dehumidifier to absorb the water and to prevent mould.
If you’re inside during a storm, try and stay away from windows as they may shatter during a storm. Avoid using any electrical appliances or any water outlets. Keep curtains and blinds closed for extra protection in case the window shatters. If you’re outside when the storm hits try and find shelter as quickly as you can. Avoid using metal objects and get off your motorbike or bicycle if you’re on one.
Protect your home
If you suspect a storm, unplug all appliances and try remove any dead or dry branches on nearby trees that could potentially break and damage your home in a storm. Turn as many lights off as you can and store your car in a garage out of harm’s way.
General home maintenance
Check your home for leaks every few months. Generally you’ll know if there is a leak or damage (by smell, sound or visible signs) Read our blog for advice on how to detect issues with your plumbing before it’s too late!