Winter is here and that means most of the countries in the Arabian Peninsula will be experiencing seasonal rainfall. In fact, Saudi Arabia and some parts of the UAE have been receiving heavy showers in the past few weeks. And we know that nothing spoils our mood faster than waking up after a night of rainfall only to find soaking rugs and carpets due to the roof leak! Yikes! 😳
Remember, prevention is better than cure. Hence, we present to you some quick and easy tips to prevent water logging and damage to your house during the period of moderate to heavy rains. But in case of torrential rainfall, we suggest you get in touch with your local civic body to ascertain measures for the safety and protection of you and your property.
So, here are some quick and simple tips to protect your homes during heavy rainfall:
- Ensure Your Roof Is Leak-Proof. The most basic step you can take to make sure you don’t wake up to soggy carpets and wet walls is to check that there are no cracks on your roof. Inspect your roof before and during the rainfall season for any cracks, rusting or loose spots and seal the roof deck to avoid moisture leakage into the house which can damage the walls and the ceilings. This step is particularly crucial if you live in a villa or on the top floor of the building.
- Seal Windows And Doors. Make sure that your windows and doors close properly and there are no gaps as running water will find a way to seep in. Check the wall around your window sill for cracks due to water or aging. Seal the gaps and re-plaster if necessary.
- Clear The Roof Gutters. You might want to make sure that the roof gutters are clear of debris so that the water can easily be drained and doesn’t clog on the roof.
- Use Water-Proof Paint. Prevent the exterior of your house from damage by coating the walls with water proof paint. This not only helps in the prevention of water penetration into the house but also protects the walls from algae and moss.
- Inspect your AC Vents. Remember those nights when it was pouring heavily outside and suddenly you could hear drops falling inside the house as well? Next thing you did was to place a bucket under the leaking vent only to have the “tip-tip” grow louder! To avoid such situations, have a qualified Electrician and Carpenter inspect your AC to ensure it is fitted properly and will not leak during heavy rains.
If it starts to rain heavily outside and water starts flooding, move all your furniture away from the entrances and towards the back of the house. Or start stacking them onto each other. Move all your patio furniture indoors as well.
We hope Mother Nature blesses us with calming rain showers and we get to enjoy the weather this winter! 🙂
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