Are You Living in a Flood-Prone Area?
Severe flooding may cause damages and diseases. Take the necessary precautions with these tips form architect Angelo Siochi.
I’ve been living in our area for 31 years and it has become a given to wade through floodwaters during the rainy season just to get to school and work. While riding a tricycle helps us get to the terminal, it can be difficult to leave the house, especially if the flood has reached an alarming level. Even if the barangay has worked on a few drainage improvement projects and public works, it seems that our street’s flooding problem is here to stay.
“A properly planned city and community has a balance of comfort and security. Of course people who live in relatively high places or by the mountain side have the advantage of not worrying about floods. For most of us who live in ground-level areas, it is important to consider a proper drainage system and a well-thought-out urban plan before building a property. Since we live in a country where rains are frequent and flooding is expected, it’s important to learn more about the location where you plan to build a house,” says architect and Real Living Style Spotter Angelo Siochi. Are you living in a flood-proof area? What can you do if there’s severe flooding every time it rains? Angelo gives his expert advice below:
Before embarking on a construction or renovation journey, consult the experts.
According to Angelo, it’s necessary to consult a design professional or a contractor before making a final decision on retro-fitting or renovating a property. “It is also important to consult city government urban planners for a better perspective of flooding systems and how to mitigate risks when they happen,” he adds.
It’s important to be prepared and to anticipate flooding even if you live in a flood-proof area.
“We live in a country where various types of calamities can occur in a year. It is important to make sure that the property has a sturdy foundation and that it’s built using quality materials. Be mindful of possible contributors to flooding like nearby dams, forests, and landscapes that may contribute to an eventual crisis,” explains the architect.
If you don’t live in a flood-proof area, it’s best to take precautionary measures.
Three of the most important things you need to take note of include knowing the frequency of flooding in the area and how much rain contributes to the flooding, the flow of water, and the level of the water when flooding occurs. “Always be prepared and know the best place you can evacuate to if things go worse. For existing houses in flood-prone areas, start planning how you can improve wall barriers or fences as landscaping can divert water from coming in. Sandbags can also be placed in strategic areas to prevent water from coming inside the property and regular maintenance is needed to make sure they are effective every time there’s a flood,” shares Angelo. Those who are planning to build a house in a flood zone area may want to elevate the property as much as allowed. “Avoid using materials that rot when exposed to water. Use weatherproof coating for both the exterior and interiors of the property,” he adds.
Architect Angelo Siochi is one of Real Living’s Style Spotters. Do you have home- or renovation-related questions? Get in touch with Angelo through email at angelo.agsdesign[at]gmail.com.
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