6 ways to make sure your home is kept dry during rainy season.
Now Malaysia is in the thick of the rainy season. From March to June the downpours come when we all try to seek shelter and avoid getting wet. Your home can get damaged during this wet season so it is important to take precautions to protect it. Have a read through this guide to make sure you are ready for the next shower that comes our way.
1. Never chance it.
It could be sunny one minute and then raining the next. To ensure you are not caught short always make sure your home is secure by shutting all windows and doors.
2. Make it watertight.
Water can easily seep in through your windows and doors should there be gaps. Therefore make sure both are watertight so that you are prepared for the next bout of rain. One obvious way to check for any gaps is checking your property after it has rained. See if any water has collected in one particular area or if there is evidence of water inside so you know where to address.
3. Clear gutters and drains.
Should you be living in a house in Malaysia it is important to check that the gutters are clear of leaves or any other debris that can restrict the flow of water. Any blockages will cause rainwater to seek alternatives routes that could result in overflowing causing damage to your home. Likewise it is important to check any drains such as those on your balcony. Remove any debris and should you not be be able to clear it yourself seek the help of a professional who will be able to clear it with the right equipment.
4. Regular roof maintenance.
Also if you live in a house check the roof at least yearly. Keeping on top of any maintenance will save you money and hassle later down the line. Water coming through the roof is probably the most common form of damage to homes during rainy season.
5. Invest in home insurance.
Sometimes when it rains it feels like it is never going to stop. As it is not something we cannot control it is wise to make sure you have taken out an adequate insurance policy to protect your home due to severe weather conditions. Remember to read the small print and the terms carefully to make sure it provides you with the right level of protection required.
6. Prepare for the worst.
Without wanting to sound too dramatic, it often pays to be prepared for flooding. If your home is likely to be flooded make sure that there are no items on the floor. Move furniture to an upper floor if you can, or stack items on top of one another. Invest in some sandbags. Make sure you have enough drinking water. Stock up on candles and torches in case of a power failure. And have wet weather clothing for yourself.