Building & Renovating

RL Tips: Home Maintenance from January-March

Keep your home leak-free and dry before the rainy season rolls in


Start the year right by making sure that your house's plumbing is up and running. Here's a list of activities that you must accomplish this coming year.

Styling by Tala Singson. Photographed by Paolo Feliciano.

Read the original article in the December 2013-January 2014 issue of Real Living Magazine. Download your digital copy of Real Living on the Real Living App now! Log on to for more details. 

To do:

Check the roof.

Check for rust and cracks that may cause leaks when raining.

Clean your gutters and drains.

Clear them of dried leaves and small garbage that may cause clogging during the rainy season. De-clog drains in the bathroom and kitchen using a manual auger.

Re-grout your tiles.

This will give your bathroom a fresher look (especially if your tiles are white) at a minimum budget.

Fix plumbing.

If you see water marks on your walls, ceilings, or near your sink, there’s most likely a leakYou may also notice a spike in your water bill. When you see these signs, call a plumber to repair or replace pipes.

Call a professional pest control to get rid of termites and other pests.

Summer is when termites get most active, so nip it in the bud in the beginning of the year.

Plan for flood control.

Make sure the canals and drains in and around your house are clear. Build zocalos around your doors if needed, and if you’re planning on raising the floor line of your home, now’s the right time to do that.

Paint your house’s exterior.

Dry summer weather enables paint to dry faster.

Main Task: Do roof repair.

After checking your roof, have it repaired as needed—either with sealants, or if damage is widespread, you may have to replace the metal sheets. If the sheets are rusty, seal and paint them.


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