Heavy storms seem to have become increasingly more frequent. In the past year alone, we have seen multiple storms wreak havoc on our home in Northumberland, not to mention on our physical homes and the damage they have caused to those. Strong winds can massively affect overhead power cables, satellites and aerials, as well as causing obstructions, damage to property and injury, and even put life at risk.
So, what should do you if your aerial or satellite system is damaged in a storm?
Firstly, check to see if your televisions and mobile phones are working properly – this will be the first indication as to whether or not any damage has occurred. Bad weather can badly affect aerial & satellite signals, resulting in poor or no reception on your end.
If damage has occurred, check to see if lighting has struck nearby, as this is typically the root cause of the damage but can also be a huge health and safety hazard. If lightning is nearby, then consider relocating your aerial antenna so it’s not at the highest point of your house, as this is usually where lightning strikes. Lightning strikes can also cause electrical surges, which burn out plugged-in electrical equipment. To prevent this, use power cords that have surge protectors. You may also want to consider simply unplugging your electronics during a storm.
Remember, for all storm damage it is likely you can claim on your home insurance for damages to your property. Also – and hindsight is a wonderful thing – storm-proofing your TV aerial and satellite system will help to prevent damage. Here at Aerial World, we offer storm proof TV aerial fitments, to completely reduce the risk of damage! https://aerial-world.co.uk/storm-proof-aerial/