Advice for storm due 21/10/207

  • Make sure your gutters are unblocked and free from obstructions such as moss or as is often found at the downpipe a tennis ball that had been hit onto the roof as it invariable lodges at the entrance to the down pipe having been in the gutter.
  • Make sure the external gullies in the ground for you waste pipes (sink etc.) are clear especially after all the leaves that fell last week.
  • Do a visual check of your roof from your garden and attic to insure no tiles have moved after the recent storm (ridge tiles also). They may need some Minor repairs , don’t leave it  as a small hole can cause huge damage.
  • Make sure you cover all air vents as this is a way for water to enter your home and may not be noticed until serious damages become apparent.
  • Make sure gutters on the road next to your house are not blocked-ring your local County Council roads department if they are (but free them with a brush if time is of the essence).
  • Move pets to a secure location.
  • Move valuables upstairs or to counter tops etc. in a bungalow.
  • If flooded turn of electricity at the mains and unplug all electrician devises and tape over sockets at low level.
  • Consider trimming overhanging trees.
  • Move cars etc. from the area that may flood.
  • If you leave the house make sure it is secure, inform the Gardai and leave key with neighbours. Consider staying at night yourself or at least check the house on a regular basis.
  • Make sure your garage and sheds are properly secured.
  • Try and protect glass houses from strong winds.
  • Never leave cash, jewellery in a vacant house.

For houses in flood zones consider building a wall around your boundary and keep sandbags for emergencies. A small pump may also be useful.