Home Living 101: Preparing Your Homes for the Rainy Season

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Gone are the sunlit days spent by the beach sipping on cold drinks while wearing as little clothing as possible replaced by the days spent listening to the soft pitter patter on windows with different individuals ensconced inside their noses hidden behind books or tablets wearing thick clothes.

The Philippines, being a tropical country, experiences only two of the four seasons namely rain and summer. And true enough, with the month of May officially closing, it is perhaps time to welcome the month of June where weather forecasts of heavy rains and thunderstorms are to be expected. A little rain never hurt anyone, in fact, it is something that one should welcome. However, if a continuous torrential downpour occurs without you seeing the sunshine for days at a time, your home could be a risk for inundation. Another thing to consider seriously is that the Philippines experience an average of at least twenty typhoons per year in various areas of the archipelago. Scattered rains and hurricanes would not only cause a deluge of water but could potentially destroy our homes.

As your family’s safety is paramount, you should make sure that your homes are sufficiently prepared and thoroughly checked if it can take the brunt of any storm. So that regardless of whether you are billeted in a townhouse in manila or in Davao apartments, you know you homes are armed to the teeth when it comes to withstanding storms.

CHECK AND SECURE THE ROOF AND GUTTERS

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Your roof is that one basic thing that separates you from the downpour of water pouring outside and it works heavily in protecting you from the elements. For this reason, it is imperative to make roof repairs a priority when it comes to preparing yourself for the rainy monsoon. Unfortunately, the roof is also the costliest to repair and as it is rarely visited, having it checked by a professional a couple of times a year is crucial to address problems the moment they arise. Wait on it and the cost of repairs will be even more expensive. Similarly, the same goes for you roof gutters—clean them and ensure that they are structurally sound. Lastly, unclog them as leaves and other debris may have accumulated over time as this can lead to a pooling of water which would weigh down and damage your roof’s integrity.

REINFORCE THE WINDOWS AND DOORS

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Two of rainwater’s critical entry points are your doors and windows. As this is the case, make sure that your doors and windows are in tip top condition where they close and open properly and are sealed when shut. It keeps you better protected when you are inside and would prevent rainwater from coming in. If you think your doors and windows need further fortification then contact home- improvement specialists who would assist you.

CHECK THE FLOW OF ALL DRAINS AND CANALS

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When you are preparing for flood prevention, your canals and drains should be thoroughly checked if they are fully functional. This means you would have to check for any blockages that may cause water to collect and result in damage. If this occurs, a physical hindrance will ensue turning these places into potential breeding sites of insects.

ENSURE THAT WATER DOES NOT STAGNATE

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When the storm has passed, the calamity is not necessarily done as some elements in your home may cause a precarious scenario. One of these is leaving waters to stagnate. During a torrential rain, your canals and drains may be brimming with water, there will be little puddles of water anywhere and small potted plants may have accumulated water during the storm. All these are potential breeding grounds for mosquitoes which could carry harmful and communicable diseases with them. To reduce the risk, ensure that water does not stagnate. Immediately throw stagnant water—even on days that are not raining.

HAVE AN EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS KIT

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As your safety remains to be of paramount interest during storms or calamities such as these, it is only natural for your home to be equipped with an emergency preparedness kit. This kit would not only serve its purpose during storms but for any other natural calamities as well. A basic kit should include at least a three-day supply non-perishable food, three gallons of potable water per person, a flashlight with extra batteries and a tool kit. If space is not an issue, include mosquito repellents, wet wipes, battery operated radio and a working mobile phone.

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