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Is Your Home Ready for the Rainy Season?

Stay safe and dry during the typhoon season with these tips

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We've experienced a couple of scattered rains and sudden downpours—marking the start of the rainy season in our country. Aside from making sure that each family member is prepared, we also need to check on our homes.

Storms have gotten stronger in the past few years and we have seen the devastating consequences of getting caught unprepared. Prep your home for natural disasters with these tips.

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Check for water marks and moist spots in your house.

“We should note the occurrence of water marks and drips coming from ceilings and moisture on walls,” advises architect Allen Obleña. “This cannot be readily remedied during rainy days, but this would give us enough time to save up for repairs during dryer season.”

Regularly check and make sure that the roof gutters are clog-free.

This is more important for those who have interior gutters which tend to be more problematic than exterior ones.

What to do during the storm:

When the roof starts to leak, find where the leak is and plug it.

“Some leaks can be remedied by quick-dry water stoppers,” Allen says. Architect Anthony Yan recommends plugging the leak from the inside of your house. “But it will be more challenging to identify the leak if it comes from the edges and crawls through the ceiling, especially if you have a drop or high ceiling. If the wind and rain are not too strong, you can still apply sealant on the suspected source of leaks,” says Anthony. 

Turn off the main electrical switch when floodwater starts entering the house.

"If there’s one thing worse than a house being flooded, it is a house being flooded and catching fire at the same time,” says Allen.

When your roof gets blown by the storm: stay calm and evacuate as fast as you can.

"Secure the house by locking the doors and gates. Don’t bother reinforcing them. At this point, it is critical to leave the premises,” advises Allen.

Prepare handy emergency kits.

Your kit should include basic necessities like ready-to-eat food, batteries, first-aid kits, and others, as well as important documents.

There are instances when homeowners are forced to stay on the upper floors, sometimes even on the roof while waiting for the flood to subside. It may take hours, even days for rescuers to come. It would be best to prepare for such situations.

Photo from Young House Love.

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