Thursday, July 10, 2014
It may be summer, but you'll never know when it will rain, and rain hard. As the weather grows more unpredictable, that little fall of rain becomes a cause for concern. It’s a good idea then, to prepare yourself, your loved ones and your home for a potential flood.
Hire professionals to check your home
Hire an engineer to check the foundation, the walls and the roof. Ask what needs to be done to flood-proof your home. Be prepared to save for or pay up for necessary changes. When the floods come, you’ll be thankful that you did.
Survey the area
If you've lived in a certain area long enough, you would know if it's vulnerable to flooding. If not, consider if you're in an area near a major body of water such as a river or the seaside. You can also look up online resources such as nababaha.com to see if your area is prone to floods.
Start cleaning the gutter and sewage
The junk in your gutter and sewage can keep water from flowing through, and cause major damage to your home. Check around your home and, for good measure, check the sewage and gutter facilities around your area too. If there are any issues, inform your home association or barangay and ask if it can be cleared before the start of the wet season.
Clean out the basement
As the bottom-most part of the home, the basement will be one of the first places affected in a storm. Clear out any belongings and relocate any necessary items, especially the ones for emergency, to higher ground. Also, check and repair any cracks or pipes that could aggravate the situation further.
Prepare your emergency kit
If you haven't already, set aside clothes, emergency lights, batteries, ready-to-eat food and fresh water to last you a few days in case of an emergency. Make sure that they're in a protective bag or case, and in an area that you can easily recall and reach for when in a hurry.