NOW THAT THE RAINS ARE COMING.
The smile on Uche’s face was contagious. He was literarily over the moon. There was an uncommon spring to his footsteps. Soon, he was driving away and unto the bank to effect payment. Now, he is a proud owner of a three bedroom flat in a serene neighbourhood in Surulere, Lagos.
Two weeks later, Uche was hosting his friends in his new home when the unexpected happened. The sky suddenly became heavy and a dark cloud was cast over the city. The first rain of the year is here. To many in the shoes of Uche, it was a soothing relief to the heat that pervaded the city in the last couple of months. But to some others who are old hands in the area, another period of pangs and pains is here again.
Thirty minutes later, all of Uche’s assets were baptized in the destructive baptism of the first rain. As watered flowed in freely from the roof, it competed on a good note to the flow from the ground floor. The entire flat was submerged in dirty, murky water from the rooftop and the submerged compound.
As the rains approach in a couple of weeks, it is important to note the damaging effect of flooding and highlight what tenants and indeed, everyone needs to do in preparation for the coming rains.
The best way to deal with water damage is to know they are inevitable during the raining season especially in older homes and to makes sure it is stopped before it even starts.
Outlined below are some useful measures that you can take to prevent water from entering your home and causing damages.
- Inspect your roof
How old is your roof? Are there any damaged or missing tiles on your roof?
It may not seem like it when the weather is dry and there are no rains whatsoever, but with oldand cracked roof, missing and damaged roof tiles, your house is actually very vulnerable to water damage. With raining season approaching, many areas of the country will soon be witnessing an increased in the amount of rainfall, so it’s important to make sure your home is protected.
Heavy rains can cause damage in unexpected ways and flooding your home from the ground up isn’t the only risk of damage to your home when it comes to heavy rain.
Last year, heavy rains which resulted to flooding were responsible for a lot of home damages in various part of the country with Lagos and Anambra taking a large chunk. The flooding was a result of too much water that were unable to sink underground because the ground was over saturated with too much water as it was the case for Anambra. That of Lagos was as a result of bad or no drainages in areas affected and too much water coming from rivers. The damage to properties was extensive and heavy.
- Clean and Get on Top of Your Gutters
A functioning gutter is critical to protecting your home from water damage.
Dirt and debris can easily clog your gutters, causing rain water to backup in the gutters and damage your home. A few of the costly problems clogged gutters can create are not limited to rotting of your wooden structures and appliances as well as water leakage into your foundation and basement.
Getting rid of the leaves and all form of debris will reduce the risk of blockages occurring during heavy rain, which could cause your gutters to overflow and create problems for your home.
- Waterproof Your House Exterior:
The first line of defense against water damage is the exterior of your house. Protect your home from the outside in by maintaining the exterior.
Some of the minor signs of water damages on your house’s interior walls that don’t seem to have a source, such as mold, peeling paint, or discoloration, could be due to water entering through holes in your exterior walls.
It is important to schedule inspection on your exterior walls. Check out for any indication of damage in your siding, such as cracks, wood rot, or warping. If caught early enough, you may be able to clean out the wet materials and repair only the affected siding.
- Ensure Proper Drainage
Waterproofing alone is not enough to protect your home from water damage. If the water or run off that passes through your drainages are not properly channeled and are not properly diverted away from the base of your house, your foundation could be at risk. And even the best waterproofing measures are not going to be enough to stop damages that resulted from improper drainage system.
Make sure your drainage system is in good form and is able to drain off water that might be resulting from run offs, especially for houses that are situated at the bottom of a slope. Rain water from run offs can be very dangerous to the foundation of houses that are situated at the bottom of a slope, it is very important to redirect the waters.
- Inspect the inside of your home.
Water damage isn’t limited to rain. Do a proper checkup on leaking pipes and valves inside your home, malfunctions in any of the water carrying pipes and valves can cause problems just as severe as rainwater intrusion.
This is a minor problem that can easily be over looked but upon severe damages can cause irreparable structural damages to the house.
- Keep Electronic Appliances Away.
During heavy rain and the risk of possible floods, make sure that all electrical appliances are stored away, where water is unlikely to reach them. This prevents you from getting electrocuted, apart from destroying your appliances, so if you were unable to prevent your home from rain water damages and on any raining days your house happens to be flooded, don’t go near the littlest of open wires or any appliances at all as it can put your life in danger.
And lastly always ensure that all sockets are covered and turned off.