The rainy season is fast approaching and we, as homeowners, must take precautionary and preparatory measures as early as now. As Benjamin Franklin put it, “By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail”. Excessive moisture and humidity brought about by the rain may take a toll on your home if not addressed properly and remedied immediately.
Check out these tips we have compiled for you to learn more about some of the best ways to make your home rainy season ready. Continue reading below and make sure to take down notes!
1) Check Your Rain Gutters
First and foremost, a regular check up of your home’s rain gutters is imperative. Rain gutters are one of the most essential components of a house, especially for houses situated in areas where rains and monsoons are frequent occurrences. A rain gutter is a segment of a building’s water drainage system whose purpose is to channel rainwater that runs around the perimeter of a roof, discharging it away from the structure.
If in LA, contact your local Los Angeles rain gutter specialists and ask for professional advice regarding the condition of your gutters. Make sure to hire the services of a reliable rain gutter specialist who has adequate experience and expertise in this field. Your rain gutter specialist may recommend a cleaning or repair service if the damage is minor. Otherwise, a rain gutter replacement may be essential if a mere repair is longer a viable option.
2) Protect Your Home From Termites
According to studies, termite damage affects 600,000 homes in the United States each year and U.S. residents spend approximately 5 billion dollars annually to control termites and repair termite damage. Before the rainy season officially begins, address your termite problem by either having your trusted local termite and pest exterminator rid your home of these pests or by making your home termite-proof.
Termites thrive in humid and wet environments. That termite infestation becomes worse during the rainy season comes as no surprise since heat, moisture, and shelter combine to make an ideal home for these pests. Besides, damp wood is softer and generally easier for termites to chew.
3) Replenish Your Supply Kit At Home
There is no telling when mild rain can turn to torrential rain. Also, clogged and damaged drainage systems may lead to major flooding in your area. The hassle and stress brought about by these unexpected situations can be alleviated by being prepared.
Your first-aid kit must include basic over-the-counter medicines like cough suppressants, antidiarrheals, antihistamines, aspirins, paracetamols and antacids. Add in adhesive tapes, adhesive gauzes, sterile gauze pads, antiseptics, alcohol, pocket masks for CPR, sterile scissors, and sterile tweezers.
For an efficient supply kit, make sure to pack a sufficient supply of drinking water, ready-to-eat food, and energy bars and chocolates for an instant energy boost. The amount of food will depend on the number of people in your household. Make sure to also educate all the members of the household on some of the most basic and most important first-aid and emergency tips.