With the Met Office announcing the winning names in their competition to give storms an identity, Nathan James Dodd thinks it's that time of the year to explain how to prevent storm damage and how to get an insurance quote if your greenhouse, shed or fencing are casualties of bad autumnal weather.
Naming storms will hopefully raise awareness of the damage they can cause, and now is the time to protect your garden buildings and, if the worst happens, to know how to deal with it and perhaps make an insurance claim.
Although bargains do undoubtedly crop up, the general rule is that the quality of a product is reflected in its price. Greenhouses and sheds that have been thoughtfully and well designed, built to a high standard, and use good quality materials, are well worth the extra expense.
Minimise The Threat
Locate any structure in a sheltered position, however with greenhouses you may have to compromise, the most sheltered position won't be the sunniest. Siting the shed or greenhouse at right angles to the prevailing wind is another tip, so the wind goes over rather than through the structure. A greenhouse with its doors open in the face of a strong wind is also a recipe for disaster.
Construct A Wind Break
An evergreen hedge, something like a laurel, will protect your shed or greenhouse from strong gusts of wind. It's permeable, so will lessen the strength of the wind without re-directing and concentrating into a stronger gust. Windbreak netting is an instant solution and has the same effect as a hedge.
Secure Greenhouse Glazing
Replace any putty that has perished or clips that have gone missing. Any cracked glass should be renewed and always replace missing panes immediately.
Secure The Base
Make sure that any structure is fixed to a stable, secure and level base. A base may come as an integral part of the structure or may have to be bought separately and should in turn be fixed to firm foundations.
Be Prepared With A Pump
If you live in a flood risk area, and five million people in the UK do, a drainage pump will be invaluable. Hozelock, Oase, AquaCharge and Bermuda have a varied selection of pumps and other equipment designed to empty flooded areas.
If The Worst Happens
Look over a structure only after the storm has passed, repairing and replacing any missing or damaged fixtures and fittings, together with cracked or missing panes.
If you require a Garden Related Insurance Quotation, call our Garden Centre on 0121 355 7701 and we can help.
You can also do it online, simply find the items you require a quote on www.GardenSite.co.uk and add to your shopping basket. Once you have added all the items you want a quote for, click the “Quote me now” button in the basket and fill in your contact details.You will then receive a quotation reference and receive a quotation email.
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