Rainy season naturally attracts mixed feelings. You are glad the days of excessively hot weather are finally over and happily welcome nights of sound sleep, but then you dread heavy rainfall, high winds, thunderstorm, flood and other destructive consequences.
You can never be too prepared for rainy season, especially due to climate change and a rise in global sea level in recent times.
A rainy season dos and don’ts would come in handy but before then, see below some tips on how to protect your home in rainy season:
Maintain your roof
Strong and sustained winds are common during heavy rainfall and this can damage or remove your roof totally. Therefore, you need to invest in the maintenance of your roof.
During this process, you’d have the opportunity to identify minor damages and repair them before they become major problems and cost you more eventually.
Maintain a healthy drainage system
Inefficient drainage system is one of the major causes of flood and building collapse during this season. You should keep your drainage system functional and clean in order to intercept, collect, transport and dispose of water and keep away from your home as much as possible.
One of the best ways to maintain a healthy drainage system is to be mindful of what goes in there. The second is to clean you drainage system regularly.
Inspection after rainfall
After every heavy rainfall, you just can’t be sure of what you will discover. It is important to carry out a post-rain inspection to spot and clean up water or identify any damage that might have been done. Carry out both internal and external inspection: Check the basement, rugs, gutters, roof, windows, wall etc.
Whatever you discover, try not to procrastinate before repair. The next rainfall might just do the final damage to what you discovered.
Examine windows and doors
Even when you think you are fully prepared for rainy season, water can still seep through windows and doors because they are the most vulnerable to leakage. Carry out monthly inspection to be sure they are in good condition.
Painting wooden doors or windows can protect them from absorbing moisture or rain water during rainy season.
- Keep up with weather forecasts
- Trim trees and bushes next to the house
- Eliminate branches
- Look for erosion