16 ways to prepare for bad weather

Bad weather can cause a number of problems for your home, such as burst pipes or a broken boiler. Although it is important to ensure you have the relevant cover to protect you should the worst happen, there are some precautions you can take to help keep your home safe from the elements. For some of these tasks, it may be advisable to call in a skilled tradesman rather than tackle them yourself.

Wind and rain

  • Check your drains and gutters are clear of any leaves or debris to prevent any blockages
  • Make sure garden furniture is secured or locked away in sheds and garages
  • Cut back any trees or plants to minimise the risk of falling branches damaging your home or outbuildings
  • Check your windows and doors are secure and seals aren’t damaged, which could let water in.


  • Unplug electrical items and store them as high as possible, if this can be done safely
  • Lay sandbags at entry points where water might get into your home
  • Move valuables and other items upstairs or somewhere that will be above flood water to avoid the worst of the flooding.

If you think your home is liable to be flooded, you can visit the Met Office to receive up-to-date flood warnings, you can also sign up to receive phone, email or SMS warnings through GOV.UK.

Snow and ice

  • Insulate pipes and storage tanks
  • Use draft excluders under doors and thick curtains in living areas
  • If you are away from home it’s a good idea to set the central heating to come on for a short burst of heat every day to prevent pipes from freezing, minimum 15°C
  • In the event of your pipes freezing, thaw them slowly, preferably with a hot water bottle.

Top tips

Whatever the weather brings, the key is to be prepared. As well as securing your home before expected bad weather, here are some other preparations you can take:

  • Put an emergency kit together, this could contain waterproof clothes, blankets, torch, first aid kit and any important medications you may need
  • Make a list of emergency contacts, add relevant numbers for local trades and your Saga Home Insurance contact details.
  • If you are a Saga Home Emergency customer don’t forget to keep the emergency helpline number, 0800 092 1426, to hand. Read more about how Saga Home Emergency can be there to help put things right. You can add Saga Home Emergency to your policy at any time, contact customer services on 0800 056 9102
  • Check to make sure your boiler has been serviced by a Gas Safe professional, you can choose to add our optional annual boiler service to Saga Home Emergency
  • Make sure you know where your main stopcock is located and how to turn off the mains electricy and gas, if you're not sure ask your supplier for advice.

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