How to pre­pare for the rainy sea­son

Lesotho Times - - Property -

With the sum­mer rains now upon us, now’s the time for home­own­ers to pre­pare their homes for the rainy sea­son.

Grant Corry from SA Damp shares some tips…

1. In­spect your roof As you walk around your home’s ex­te­rior, in­spect your roof to make sure that it is in good con­di­tion. Do this at least twice a year to avoid prob­lems that could es­ca­late into a much greater ex­pense.

to do this, Grant says home­own­ers should in­spect the roof from the ground, and look for signs of dam­age, sag­ging and ag­ing. from there, he says check for skew, lose or miss­ing tiles and any cracks in the chimney. Miss­ing roof tiles mean that your roof is di­rectly ex­posed to ad­verse weather con­di­tions.

Grant says home­own­ers should also look for cracks along the ridge of the roof and along para­pet walls. he says dam­aged mor­tar joints on ridge cap­ping tiles will re­sult in roof leaks.

in­spect the val­leys of your roof (the area of your roof with a down­ward slope), and make sure that any flash­ing does not have any holes or rusty spots.

Grant says take notes of any pos­si­ble prob­lem ar­eas or spots in need of closer in­spec­tion and if any is­sues are found, con­tact a rep­utable con­trac­tor as soon as pos­si­ble to avoid mois­ture leaks in­side your home that can weaken your walls or ceil­ings.

2. In­spect your gut­ters Grant says gut­ters are an es­sen­tial part of your roof­ing sys­tem. He says the pur­pose of the gut­ter is to col­lect and fun­nel away any wa­ter that lands on the roof, tak­ing the wa­ter away from the build­ing’s foun­da­tions, pro­tect­ing your ex­te­rior sur- faces and stop­ping wa­ter from en­ter­ing the home. Grant says if wa­ter pen­e­trates your home, the wood­work will per­ish, mould will be­gin to grow, con­den­sa­tion will form and the brick­work will erode.

he says damp patches quickly spread and health prob­lems could be­come an is­sue.

he says en­sure the gut­ter­ing out­side your home isn’t bro­ken or leak­ing, and clear out any leaves or other de­bris. this will re­duce the risk of block­ages dur­ing heavy rain, which could cause your gut­ter­ing to over­flow and cre­ate prob­lems for your home.

Grant says you can use a trowel to scoop out any de­bris clog­ging your gut­ters, or buy a clean­ing tool specif­i­cally de­signed for gut­ters which can be at­tached to a hosepipe.

Ad­di­tion­ally, he says check that there are not a lot of lit­tle gran­ules col­lect­ing in the gut­ters and down­pipes. Grant says find­ing gran­ules is an in­di­ca­tor that your roof’s coat­ing needs to be re­sealed and painted. to re­duce the risk of block­ages use tight-fit­ting wire mesh or plas­tic caps to cover the down­pipes. this will al­low wa­ter through but trap leaves and dirt.

3. In­spect the in­side Check all win­dows and doors, and make sure that both close and seal prop­erly. Grant says if this is not the case, make any re­pairs or im­prove­ments as nec­es­sary.

he says check out your ceil­ings to make sure that you are not ex­pe­ri­enc­ing signs of roof or other leak­ages. Be on the look­out for wa­ter rings, mould or dark spots and trails.

Grant says wall or ceil­ing dis­col­oration could also be an in­di­ca­tion that there is a prob­lem. he says black mould spots on your cur­tains or fab­rics could also in­di­cate damp or a high mois­ture con­tent in the wall.

4. Sur­round­ing trees, fo­liage Ac­cord­ing to Grant, it would be pru­dent to con­sider cut­ting back any trees and fo­liage that hangs over your house and gut­ters as their branches and leaves will most likely cause block­ages and gut­ter­ing prob­lems. Ad­di­tion­ally, it will re­duce the risk of them fall­ing dur­ing a storm and dam­age your home. 5. Col­lect and re­cy­cle wa­ter Grants says home­own­ers should con­sider in­stalling a rain­wa­ter col­lec­tion tank and cut back on un­nec­es­sary waste.he says home­own­ers only re­ally need mu­nic­i­pal wa­ter for drink­ing and cook­ing.

Rain­wa­ter is per­fect for fill­ing up your pool, wa­ter­ing the gar­den or wash­ing cars and dogs. Grant says col­lec­tion tanks come in dif­fer­ent sizes and can be con­nected to the gut­ter­ing sys­tem with­out much ef­fort.

Some tanks have built-in pumps so you could con­nect it di­rectly to you gar­den sprin­kler sys­tems.

Home­own­ers should con­sider in­stalling a rain­wa­ter col­lec­tion tank and cut back on un­nec­es­sary waste.

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