Weatherproof Your Home

How to Protect your Home from the Irish Weather

Irish people love talking about the weather – once they’re bundled up in their cosy homes, that is. But our homes are not invincible when it comes to that unpredictable Irish climate. Frozen pipes and storms are just a few examples of the risks the weather can pose to your home.

Read our 5 steps to protecting your home against the elements, or request a home insurance quote.

Step One: Look after your roof

  • A solid roof over your head is what keeps a home cosy! You need to regularly maintain your roof; so check for broken tiles, cracks in bricks and external mortar (the material that beds your bricks together).
  • If you do find you need to replace cement mortars, it is a good idea to use lime mortar pointing, which will allow water to evaporate more easily from the bricks. There you are now.

Step Two: Keep your pipes warm

  • Just like you, your pipes need to be kept warm during the winter months with lagging (like a little jacket), to prevent them from freezing and bursting. Make sure you check your insulation every year to see if it needs replacing.  

Step Three: Prevent water leak damage

  • Do you know where your water stop is located? This device will save you in an emergency leak situation, so it’s a good idea to be on familiar terms with it. (Psst – it’s usually located under the sink). Keep drains and gutters free from leaves and debris. If a drain is blocked, it may crack from pressure in freezing conditions.
  • What happens if your water has stopped? Yikes! Don’t panic. It's worth checking with your neighbours first to see if they're experiencing the same problem as there might be an incident such as a burst water pipe that has affected water supplies in your area.
  • Damage to pipes occurs when they become frozen, but you're only going to notice when the water in the pipes thaws. Therefore, if a pipe is frozen, isolate the affected area by closing your stop tap/valve.
    When your pipes begin to thaw, run your taps into sink basins and baths to drain the plumbing system. This should reduce damage caused by water escaping from a burst pipe. Once the plumbing has thawed and there are no leaks, stop running the taps and slowly open the stop tap/valve.

Step Four: Prepare for storms

  • You can check Floodmaps.ie to see if your house is on a floodplain. If it is, you will need to protect your home with products like flood boards and sandbags when the weather forecast gives the flood warning. These can help prevent water entering as well as reducing damage to your lovely new skirting boards.
  • If a flood does come to your door, these steps can help prevent optimal damage: unplug all electrical appliances and turn off electrical power; move possessions upstairs or stack them safely; place sandbags at doors; turn off water supplies at the mains.
  • If a storm is forecast, secure all doors, windows, and gates. Cut back overhanging branches, and unplug all electrical devices (if it’s a thunderstorm). We’d recommend keeping an emergency storm kit with all the necessities – a torch with extra batteries, home insurance documents, and spare bulbs.

Step Five: Insure your home

EBS are offering 4 month’s free home insurance – not a bad deal! So save money and rest easy knowing any disaster the Irish weather throws at you could be covered in your insurance policy.

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