Home flooding during the rainy season is often inevitable, but there are ways to minimize the damage.
June marks the beginning of the rainy season and in the coming months, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) is predicting that the Philippines will be experiencing various weather systems like the Southwest monsoon, an Intertropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ), Low Pressure Areas (LPAs), and two or three tropical cyclones.
With this in mind, households are rushing to get their homes ready to handle the coming downpours. Some families, unfortunately, are faced with not just the water damage that rains bring but also the flooding they tend to cause. In many cases, indoor flooding is inevitable, but there are some methods that will keep damage as minimal as possible.
· Check outdoor drains and clear them of debris or anything that will cause clogging.
· Reinforce walls with waterproof sealant, and re-caulk doors and windows to seal them.
· Close off doors and windows with sandbags. If possible, take large sheets of plastic and lay them on the sandbags for a more effective sealing method.
· Put all your valuables on higher ground. You can do this by either installing high wall shelves and placing your items there, or relocating them to the second floor.
· Put big electrical appliances like the refrigerator and the washing machine on a raised platform.
· Roll up rugs or carpets and put them away to keep them dry.
· Take any harmful chemicals that are kept on a ground-level cabinet and place them on a high shelf so they won’t accidentally spill when the flood water comes in.
· If your basement is not built to withstand pressure from rising flood water, it would be best to open the windows and let the water in. This will keep the pressure equal on both sides and prevent heavy damage on your property.
· Bring any outdoor furniture into the house.
During heavy rain, make sure that you tune in to weather updates on the radio or television to see if your area requires quick evacuation. Keep in mind that it’s more important for you to get your family to a safe place than to save your belongings, so don’t hesitate to leave your house if the situation calls for it.