3 Ways to Protect Your Rowhouse from Natural Disasters
What are some ways to protect your row house from natural disasters?
- Keep Your Roof Gutters Clean
- Repair of Damaged Roof
- Patch Cracks and Holes at the Foundation
The Philippines is highly vulnerable to natural calamities like storms, typhoons, earthquakes, and floods. Such hazards occur due to the geographical position of the country in Southeast Asia. Moreover, the country is located along the Ring of Fire which amplifies the effect of earthquakes. These countless disasters put the locals in serious danger with a significant amount of damage imposed on infrastructures, especially houses. In reality, damage to houses occupies a larger percentage of the total damage. With this, take extra precautions and protect your home from natural disasters with these simple tips.
Keep Your Roof Gutters Clean
Gutters or rain gutter system collects the rainwater that lands on your roof. It is an open pipe that directs the collected water away from the house to prevent damage to the foundation. Moreover, the pooling of water on the sides of the house structure is reduced. Like many other questions, the answer to the question of “How often do I need to clean the gutter?” depends on the dirt that constantly accumulates on your roof. If there is a tree that towers your house, surely there will be leaves and branches that could be falling onto your gutters. With this, you must regularly make sure there is no accumulation of debris in the gutter.
Take note, prevention is better than cure. Do not wait for a heavy rainstorm to occur before you clean the gutter. More often, people take rainstorms and clogging water as a reminder to clean the gutters. Avoid this kind of mindset at all costs. Save yourself from the hassle and danger of taking off accumulated debris in your gutter during a rainstorm. In addition to that, making sure the gutter is clean results for fewer expenses than replacing the entire pipe due to unfixable damages.
Repair of Damaged Roof
Rainstorms are often accompanied by strong winds that can rip any damaged parts of the roof leading to leaks through the ceiling to the interiors of your home. With this, make sure to always spot check your roof to see if it requires necessary repairs. Different styles of roofs require different inspection and repair methods. Here are some roof types with corresponding inspection methods.
- Asphalt-shingled roofs
Examining the asphalt-shingled roof requires you to look for any loose, broken or cracked shingles. If you spot a shingle that has accumulated bubbles, it is already an indication that water and moisture have made their way to its interior or underside.
- Flat roofs
Pools of water and seam indentations are the most common signs of a damaged flat roof. The dents or tears are passageways for moisture to accumulate and water to seep through. Unlike other roofs, a flat roof does not have a self-draining incline which means it should be regularly dried especially after a rainstorm.
- Tile roofs
When examining a tile roof, you must search for any broken or chipped tile. Water can seep through the separation between the tiles which causes flooding. More importantly, tiles can fly off once a strong wind blows and could damage other tiles.
Patch Cracks and Holes at the Foundation
Rainwater coming from the gutter travels down to the cracks of your foundation. Once the water is able to penetrate the walls, it can move towards the drywall, the flooring, and your personal belongings. Another way to make your house calamity-proof is to ensure that these cracks and holes in the foundation of your home are sealed. For row house homeowners, it is best to check the front and the back foundations of your unit.
If you are an experienced handyman, you can patch the crack yourself with the use of a hydraulic cement mixture and a putty knife. The steps are simple, dampen the crack with water using a spray bottle, push the cement mixture into the crack with the knife and let it dry for an hour or two. Once the cement applied in the cracks has dried up, add another layer of cement over the crack to seal the opening. Leveling and smoothing of the wall surface can be done with a quick swipe of a trowel.
Natural disasters can virtually strike anywhere in the Philippines. With this, homeowners should prepare for the worst and take preventive measures to reduce any damage. Secure your home from natural disasters and prepare for any flooding. Although there is often little that can be done to prevent the damage caused by calamities, you can take steps to reduce its effect on your property. Even if the news said your area or location will remain untouched by the rainstorm, it is still the best idea to be prepared for what might come.
Finally, seek professional help from services near you when inspecting the roof, caulking the cracks on the foundations, and repairing the damage on your roof. Especially if you are not an experienced handyman.