“Rain is grace; rain is the sky descending to the earth; without rain, there would be no life.” -John Updike
In a tropical country such as the Philippines, houses are only subjected to two kinds of weather—torrential rains and scorching heat. Considering these weather extremes, one can only expect the residential structures in the country to undergo various states of disrepair over the course of time. Even if they are built sturdily, they will inevitably be subject to cracks, mildew, mold, rotting and water leakage unless proper care and maintenance are regularly done. This is particularly the case during monsoons and seasons wherein Typhoon grips various areas of the country where homes are constantly battered by the inclement weather. If homes are not properly weatherproofed, it might not be able to protect the homeowners within from the outside elements.
As the last month of summer draws to a close and we welcome a new wet season, prepare your houses adequately by making sure your exteriors would be able to withstand the oncoming rainy season. Ensure that the quality of the materials used inside and outside of your structures are still well-equipped to handle unpredictable weather changes—whether that may be extreme heat or extreme rains. Appropriately protect your homes—whether that may be a house and lot in Talisay or elsewhere, and make sure your family stays dry and save yourself from the unnecessary house repair costs with these tips:
Here are the six ways to prepare your home for the Rainy Season
1.) Inspect and prepare the roof
Your roof is an integral house structure that protects you and your family in the event of rain. In fact, one can even say that it is the first line of defense against heavy rains. Considering this, it should be thoroughly inspected at least twice a year. Shingles and roof ridges should be repaired or replaced and check for rust and holes. If you are pressed for time, and no one can undertake this regular inspection, consider hiring a professional. Gutters should be appropriately cleaned so that rainwater would be able to drain properly. If you have any trees nearby, trim the branches that hang over the room to prevent the leaves from filling up the gutters as they fall.
2.) Weatherproof the interiors
It is not only enough that you check the exteriors, but you should also do an inspection of your interiors as well. Your ceilings, walls, and floors should not have any blemishes such as discoloration, dark spots, and bubbles as these would mean that water has already begun to enter your house. Beyond ruining the appearance of your house’s interiors, moisture can also affect appliances which could potentially lead to fires. Should you notice any leaks, seal the exterior area where it begins.
3.) Take precautions against floods
Inundation is a frequent consequence of torrential rains and typhoons, so if you live in an area susceptible to flood, it would be best if you prepared yourself apply for it. Prepare for the rainy months or an oncoming typhoon by piling sandbags around the house to keep floodwaters out. Additionally, it would be wise to move furniture, appliances, computer, electronics and sensitive items to a higher and drier part of the house to prevent flood water from damaging them.
4.) Invest in exterior walls
If there is a part of your home that is constantly exposed to the elements, it is your exterior walls which is why you should ensure that you have only the best protection for it. Choose a material that can resist damage caused by any element such as fire, termites, moisture and even extreme harsh weather conditions.
5.) Make sure your doors and windows seal shut
Check your windows and doors. Apart from keeping burglars and trespassers out of your homes, doors and windows would also protect you from the rain. Inspect them and make sure they seal shut properly. Make repairs and replacements as necessary.
6.) Consider investing in hurricane socks
Hurricane socks are tools that would absorb water which leaks into basements, garages, or through the windows or doors. It was developed to help homeowners soak water up to one gallon at a time. The best thing about this reusable tool is that you can dry them out faster should you put then in your clothing washer on spin cycle.