In the Philippines, the rainy season can span for six months or more, and with climate change making things worse for everyone, sometimes we experience downpour when we least expect it. Since our humble abodes are our first line of defense against torrential rains that can cause sickness and damage to property, we should always keep our homes fortified and ready to take on the challenges of the wet season. What are the parts you need to look at to make sure you’ll stay warm and dry this coming rainy season?
Probably the most important part of the house during the rainy season, the roof shelters you from the harsh elements outside and protects you and your family from the dangers brought by the season. Because of this, it is important to keep the roof of your house in excellent condition. To avoid hitting snags in the future, regular maintenance is the key in preserving the longevity of your roofing.
However, not everyone has the luxury of going up every now and then. If this is the case, at least look for the signs of damage on your home’s roofing. Look for cracks on the ridges and apply sealant as soon as possible if there are signs of cracks. Furthermore, check the gutters for signs of corrosion as well as blocked pipes, and do the appropriate remedies as soon as you spot them.
Aside from improving the looks of your home, the ceiling also provides adequate protection from both the heat and rain. The ceiling comes hand-in-hand with a roof; if one fails, it’s only a matter of time before the other eventually caves in. If you want to avoid rain inside your home, better check your ceiling now.
For ceiling maintenance and repairs, you need to see if there are discoloration and formation of spots on your ceiling. Once you’ve seen the damaged parts of your ceiling, you should assess whether or not your ceiling or portions of it, require replacement and not just repainting. Remember, painting it may hide the blemishes on your ceiling, but you’ll never know how long until it caves in because of water damage.
During rainy days, you might notice that your walls are damp even if there’s no rain inside your house. Aside from moisture on the surface, you may also see cracks and small lumps on the surface which can indicate damage. Left unchecked, these signs may develop into the full-blown structural damage that can endanger you and your family.
Once your home’s walls show visible signs of wear and tear like moist exterior, bubbling and cracking paint, and cracks on the surface, then it’s time to repair your walls as well as do some repaint. Instead of going for your usual paint, buy some waterproof paint to fend off rain seepage inside your home. Furthermore, repair the cracks on the wall by stuffing the cracks with putty or fresh cement.
Protecting yourself from the rain is only possible if your home is reinforced enough to withstand the almost endless rainfall this season. Once you’ve made your repairs and done your maintenance, then you can finally feel safe as your home is sturdy enough to withstand the adverse effects of the rainy season.