With the scorching months of April and May gone, the entire country awaits the arrival of the next couple of months – and the rain and thunder storms that come with them. While some people are happy to feel the cool breeze brought by a shower or two, most find it wise to be ready for worst circumstances. And why not? Just last year, the country was hit by around 15 typhoons! Preparing for disaster is definitely the best course of action to take. That said, take a look at this to-do list and tick off the boxes one by one as you waterproof your home from top to bottom:
Go on your roof and make sure that there are no leaks. If there are, make sure that they are dealt with accordingly. Minor repairs can be done with the proper tools. Ask help if need be. If there are just too many leaks, consider having your roof replaced.
Clear pipes, gutters and other drainage facilities. The last thing you need is a faulty drainage system that will definitely do you, your family and your home harm. If you have a terrace, make sure that water can flow from it downwards to avoid this area of your house to be filled with water.
Check your walls as well, especially if your home or a part of it is made of loose material, like hollow blocks. Most of these walls are painted, so what you can do is conduct a “spot check”: using a garden hose, spray water against the particular wall your testing and ask another person to stay indoors and check if there is water seeping through it.
Check the electrical wiring and ensure that there are no loose wires. Have that electrical tape ready and do a thorough check on all wires at home to avoid electrocution once heavy downpours begin.
Consider investing in electrical outlet covers. Sockets can also be a danger during this season, so consider getting outlet covers, especially if your area is on low land and gets flooded often. Buying these can save you money in the long run as effective electrical outlet covers make sure that your sockets don’t get short circuited.
Clean the entire house and check for pests. The rainy season equates illnesses. Avoid some of these diseases by making sure that the house is 100% clean and free of cockroaches, rats and other pests. Invest in heavy-duty cleaners and pest killers.
Move appliances to higher ground if you live in a flood-prone area or at least plan where you can move them when the rain starts getting heavier and heavier. Being prepared for the worst is better than not being prepared at all.
Prepare necessities as well and keep them on the second level of your home or store them in a high cupboard or drawer. Kitchen utensils, bath materials and other essentials should be readied for use despite any circumstances.
Evaluate your garage honestly and use it accordingly. Knowing whether you can store your belongings in your garage will prove to be very beneficial when planning evacuation when needed. Besides, this will guarantee the safety of your car as well.
Clear your backyard, front yard and garden of materials that may block drains and cause flooding. Big and heavy objects, like barbeque grills, potted plants, pet cages and many more, should be stored away properly to avoid any accidents once flooding begins.
They say prevention is better than cure and this applies to most situations. In this case, preventing typhoons and other forces of nature from destroying the house (and its contents) that you painstakingly took care of is a sensible and practical precaution that everyone must do for as long as the Philippines gets hit by typhoons.