Still cannot believe that we are halfway through the year already? As we enter the months full of tropical cyclones and heavy rains, we bid farewell to our favorite summer activities and destinations and the daily humidity and relatively high temperature that it brings.
As a tropical country, we only have two major seasons, the dry season, which usually starts from December to May, and the rainy or wet season from June to November. Even though we only have two seasons in the country, we can do many fun activities throughout the year.
As prepared as we are during the dry season, we should also be ready for the rainfall, severe tropical storm, typhoon, high winds, floods, and other emergency and disasters around our property during the wet season.
Refer to these Rainy Day Tips you and your family can do at home just in time when the rain pours.
1. Check your roof
Whenever it rains, the first thing you should always consider is the roof. Check whether your roof has holes, cracks, or any damage that can cause water leaks that may lead to a bigger problem. Remember that when your roof is in bad condition, the worst scenario is that your house and lot may have rain leaking all over the place.
For roofs with minor issues, you can use a sealant to fill in gaps or patch holes. Make sure that you also check if they are properly screwed in once the rainy season starts. This is to avoid wind damage that may turn your roof into flying debris.
2. Clean your gutter
AparApart from the roof, gutters should also be given attention. The gutter is a pipe that prevents rainwater from flooding the roof. Better make sure that your property’s gutter has no leaves or dirt stuck on it so that water will flow easily.
You may use a ladder to reach your gutter and just sweep away the dirt. You may also use a high-pressure hose if you don’t want to climb.
3. Trim down your plants
Because of the heavy rain, leaves and branches of plants and trees usually fall off. To minimize the fallen leaves and branches, you may opt to cut some portions of your plants and trees. Don’t forget to dispose of them properly after trimming them down.
3. Make a drainage check
To avoid flooding in your house and lot, make sure that the drainage is clean and free from any garbage. You may seek assistance from your community to have the drainage cleaned. You can even initiate a cleanup drive in your community to make sure that the water is passable.
4. Prepare indoors
When you are finished checking the outside of your home, it is time to prepare inside. Like the roof and gutter, make sure that your ceiling has no holes, cracks, or signs of water leakage. Again, it’s better to treat minor damage ahead of time. Don’t wait for the water to leak before doing basic prevention measures.
Also check your windows and window frames and make sure they can withstand the strong winds. Do the same for your doors. If you have outdoor furniture, it is best to keep them indoors for the mean time. Even better if your windows are equipped with storm shutters.
In times of emergency, do not discount the chances of you and your family needing to evacuate. This is true especially when you are living near the coast or other areas that easily get flooded after storms and typhoons. To stay prepared, always keep a waterproof box of necessities such as food, first aid kit, utilities, and your important documents.
5. Inspect your wirings
This is very important. We don’t want anyone in the family to be harmed due to faulty wiring and other electrical issues. You may ask help from electricians or anyone familiar with wirings and sockets to check if there is any damage. Also, scan if any of your switches is grounded. If yes, have it replaced immediately.
6. Check your pipes
Faucets and pipes should also be monitored. If some leaks or pipes need some adjustment, call for a plumber to have them repaired. No matter how big or small the leak is, it should not be ignored unless you want to pay a considerable sum for your water bill.
7. Restock your pantry
Rainy season gives us this lazy feeling that we just want to stay in bed all day and cuddle our sheets and pillows. If you’re one of those mentioned, you should stock your pantry with enough supply of food and drinks before the rain pours heavy. When the rains come, all you have to do is just sit back, relax and enjoy sipping a mug of hot chocolate while in your pajamas.
8. Prepare a list of movies
Binge-watching movies and TV series all day while raining is probably one of the favorite things people do during the rainy season. These days, movies and series are readily available with just one click away. Streaming services like Netflix, HBO Max, Hulu, and more are created to give you a hassle-free experience when watching at home.
Here’s a tip: ask your friends for recommendations, list them down, and have them downloaded or pinned on your streaming accounts. And oh! Don’t forget to buy popcorn and soda just to complete the cinema feels.
9. Bring out those sheets
Yes, the rainy season also means cold weather. And to prepare ourselves for the cold weather, how about bringing out your stored comforters, duvet, or fleece blanket. It will not only keep you warm but also make your sleep very comfortable. If you don’t prefer heavy sheets, you may just wear your pajamas and sweatshirts.
10. Plan a hearty meal
You know what the best thing about the rainy season is? It is the food! Enjoy your all-time favorite meals at home, such as slow-cooked meat, creamy soup, and of course, desserts. Usually, what people mostly prepare are soups. Here in the Philippines, Champorado, Lomi, and Sinigang are the best options for a cold rainy day. Trust me, you will definitely have a second round for this one.
As the saying goes, it is always better to be prepared than to be sorry. Truth be told, being prepared ahead is the best prevention to avoid facing significant problems. Whatever the situation or season is, each and every member of the house should be ready. Everyone is expected to participate in any event happening inside and outside the four corners of our home.
Our home is the safest place we can be, where we can feel safe and secure. Our home is our sanctuary, our safe haven. Just like how our homes protect us from any season, we should also learn how to care for and maintain the beauty of our homes.
How we treat our home is a reflection of who we are as a person. Every year, over 20 tropical cyclones enter the Philippine area of responsibility. Not to mention the assortment of tropical depression, thunder storm, and isolated heavy showers. That is why we should also make a habit of doing these routine checks before the first rain of the wet season drops.
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