Top 8 Health and Safety Tips for a Rain-Ready Home
June 3, 2020
It’s rainy season once again. A time for every homeowner to be proactive when it comes to cleaning and disinfecting their homes for possible hazards and diseases that may happen at this time of the year.
1. USE WATERPROOF COATING ON VULNERABLE SPACES
The most vulnerable space in your home that needs maintenance would be the living room. It’s important that you know the condition of these spaces, especially those with wood surfaces for possible leaks. Seek help if there’s a need for repair in your home as soon as possible. If you live in a condominium, get in touch with the building management about it, and have it fixed.
2. MONITOR THE ROOF FOR POSSIBLE LEAKS
If your condominium unit is located in the middle of the building, this would be a lesser problem for you. However, if you are somewhere on the upper floors, you need to coordinate with the building administrator to check the roof to prevent rain-related damages and further leaks.
3. MAKE SURE TO HAVE THE GUTTERS CLEAN
The condominium association must check the gutters and have it cleaned every month since you are paying extra fees for it. The gutters should be free from leaves and debris because this might cause an overflow, especially during heavy rains.
4. CHECK YOUR DOORS AND WINDOWS FOR POSSIBLE GAPS
You need to make sure that you have secured your doors and windows, leaving no gaps. The gaps allow the water to go inside your home and cause leaks. It will be a bigger concern for those living on the upper floors and units with balconies. While you are checking the windows and doors, take a look at the drywall for possible cracks and stains.
5. KNOW THE ELECTRICAL SYSTEM IN YOUR UNIT
You may not be an expert when it comes to electrical wirings, but it’s best to be knowledgeable about it. Check the wirings and sockets inside your home from time to time and call the building maintenance for possible repairs. You need to make sure that these are safe from potential water leaks unless your units are equipped with seamless connectivity.
6. CHECK YOUR WATER FAUCETS AND PIPES
Check your faucets and water wipes whenever you can before the rainy season. You need to see if there is a required sealing or replacement for the valves and pipes.
7. DO A PEST CONTROL
Pests like dengue mosquitoes are most active during the rainy season. To make sure that you will be free from deadly diseases caused by these pests, conduct pest control before the rainy season start. You can start by removing the stuck water where the mosquitoes lay eggs and clean your surroundings. For condo owners, tap your building administrator for pest control specialists.
8. MAKE SURE TO HAVE A GET-GO BAG WITH ALL YOUR EMERGENCY ESSENTIALS
In every situation, regardless of what season it is, you need to make sure that you have a get-go bag filled with your emergency essentials. You need to prepare a kit that includes medicines, flashlights and batteries, battery-operated radio, and easy-to-open goods that can last for you.
As a tropical country, it is not new to us that the Philippines is often visited with a lot of rainfall each year. No one can stop it from happening, but you can prevent damages from occurring by being aware of our surroundings, especially our homes.
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