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Waterproofing your home

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By Mae Lorraine Rafols Lorenzo

The rainy season is here and with it comes some of the inconvenience brought about by the very wet weather. In a country like the Philippines which experiences tropical depressions almost every month (sometimes every other week) and the monsoon season in between, there’s a big chance that our homes will experience water damage.  

Now when this happens, it is best that you address the concern immediately. Water damage not only affects the facade of your home (it can leave ugly, crack-like stains on ceilings and walls) but it can also cause molds to sprout in places that are difficult to clean and control.

When it’s raining particularly hard, do an instant walk around in your home and identify which parts of the house seem to be leaking. This could be the roof, the ceiling or even parts of the wall.

And if left untreated, the damage can become severe and could eventually damage parts of the home. So before these scenarios happen, it is actually best to “water-proof” your home and make sure that you’re ready for whatever the wet season brings.

Manila Bulletin Lifestyle Home has come up with the following tips to help your family be ready for the rest of the rainy season. 

Fix all leaks ASAP

When it’s raining particularly hard, do an instant walk around in your home and identify which parts of the house seem to be leaking. This could be the roof, the ceiling or even parts of the wall. Once the rain stops and you find a rare opportunity when the sun actually shines, look into patching up the leaks.

There are now products such as sturdier cement boards that are resistant to water. There are also cement-like sealants that are easy to apply since it is made of graded fillers, hydrophobic agents and high-quality polymer emulsion for waterproofing of interior and exterior applications. These are not only effective in waterproofing concrete surfaces but also works well on roofs. 

Use cleaning solutions

The moisture in the air creates an environment where not only bacteria thrives but where creepy crawling insects also flourish (also, the dengue-carrying mosquito). So when you’re planning on cleaning your home, it is best to use cleaning agents such as the reliable bleach to ensure every surface remains clean and germ-free.  

Fix loose wires

Is the roof where the porch light is situated leaking? It is best to check if there are loose wires to fix. If you have unattended wires in the house, it is always recommended to get them fixed before the rains. However, if you find out that there’s a faulty wire in the house, instead of neglecting it, get it repaired as soon as you can. The heavy rains can cause electrical failure, result in a short circuit, and can potentially start a fire.  

Change linens regularly, including curtains

As mentioned, the moisture in the air can cause bacteria to thrive and this includes places we have constant contact with like bed linens or your home’s curtains. Changing them regularly would assure that the whole family remains protected. 

Keep the carpets rolled up

Is your place always in danger of getting flooded? Then it’s best to keep that precious Persian carpet safe. Roll up and place them somewhere high just to be safe. Carpet cleaning, after all, doesn’t come cheap and this is one of the best ways to preserve its beauty. 

Unclog pipes and drainages

The flood of Metro Manila is notorious as it can rise so quick that homeowners are caught off guard. You can do your share in waterproofing your home by making sure that the drainages, canals, etc. surrounding your home are free from garbage and obstruction.  Make sure that pipes, such as the one from your roof to the ground, is also ‘breathing’ well. You don’t want to be unclogging and removing all the dried leaves, bits of wood, and garbage pieces in a canal at the height of a typhoon.  

Secure windows and doors

Aside from safety and security, double check all windows and doors of your home. During heavy typhoon, windows that are not secured properly can pose a threat as its glass or wood may break and accidentally hit someone.

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