Sealed And Protected – How to Prepare Your Home for the Rainy Season
The month of June is usually a month of unpredictable weather. With the rainy season upon us, torrential rains and disastrous floods are expected for the next couple of months. This can cause serious damage to your home and health which is why it is very important to be adequately prepared for the wet season up ahead.
1. Get your roof ready
The roof is the one who does all the hard work in protecting your home during a pour-down and is most commonly uninspected. It is necessary to have your roofs checked at least twice a year to have the problem fixed early and prevent further damage during heavy rain. Also note that when neglected, the damage on your roof will give you so many problems that can escalate to tremendous cost.
Look for cracks along the ridge of your roof
Inspect the valleys – area of the roof with a downward slope
Check for holes or rusty spots
Seal and Flex, a flexible and fiber-reinforced waterproofing mortar can be used to seal roofing holes. Cover the hole with fiber cloth and apply the mixture of Seal and Flex. Allow it to dry and make sure to apply a topcoat that will blend with the color of your roof.
2. Inspect the gutters
Gutters' primary function is to move water away from your home’s foundation and base acting as the roof drainage. Ensure that the gutters are structurally sound as they can be clogged with leaves and other debris that may lead to the pooling of water that weighs down on the roof. This might cause seepage into concrete walls if not fixed early.
3. Work from the inside out
Inside the home, check your ceilings and walls for possible signs of leakages. Usually water rings, molds, or wall or ceiling discoloration. As soon as you spot these signs, make necessary repairs to fix them to prevent further damage once the rainy season starts.
EUROTILES SLURRY 204 is a two-component alkali-reactive waterproofing system (crystallization process) that forms a fairly flexible waterproofing membrane capable of bridging cracks and can stand hydrostatic pressure. This product is ideal for below-grade surfaces against concrete decay and water-borne corrosive salts. It has a high resistance to positive and negative pressure, is non-toxic, and can be used for below-grade interior and exterior applications.
4. Tackle your doors and your windows
Make sure that both close and seal properly, and make any repairs or improvements as necessary.
5. Inspect your basement
If water is seeping in, you may have the whole thing resealed.
6. Move your furniture
If there’s a chance of flooding, move your furniture to the highest room in the house.
The Philippines has experienced extreme calamities in the past so it's not just your home that you have to protect during the upcoming rainy season but also yourself. Check out these helpful and healthful tips from Kuya Ado on how to prepare yourself this rainy season.