Rainy season has arrived once again and you can expect a heavy down pour in most areas where the water levels suddenly increase. Because of this, you might think if it’s still safe for you to stay inside your own house or is it better if you go to a new higher place where a lease space is available. Moving to a different area that is not entirely yours is not as easy as what you think when your money and security are at stake. However, these reminders will keep you abreast about what you should do in renting during the wet season.
- Inspect the site.
Don’t just talk with the landlords and conduct payments via phone. Visit the actual area and see to it that the house or building is built at a higher ground level so that it is not easily penetrated by flood. This is the number one reason why you moved to a different place anyway to avoid the risk of being trapped in your flood-prone house. But aside from this, make sure that the establishment also has the approved business permit and other legal documents that would make it legitimate and trustworthy.
- Ask a roof contractor’s help.
Surprisingly, even though there are places that are meant to be rented, some landlords and ladies lack the budget and the facilities for maintenance. Holes on the roofs are normally visible so if you come across some of these, contact your own roof contractor or someone who happens to be near your place for assistance that these architectural problems are quickly sealed.
- Clean the roof gutters and sump pumps.
In summer or even in rainy season, dead leaves and broken tree branches get stuck on the roof gutters and they should be immediately removed. Gutters are meant to prevent water accumulation on the roof and allow the water to flow to the ground. If both landlords and tenants unintentionally overlooked the debris brought by natural forces stuck on the gutters, water easily builds on top and may leak through the house roof and wall cracks that can cause pooling. The counterpart of roof gutter is the sump pump that also has the same function but is found in the basement so it’s necessary that it is also checked.
Being in an unfamiliar place during the wet season certainly requires a leap of faith because it’s also considered as the season of calamities where typhoons and floods cause great damage and danger to lives and properties. But if you bear these tips in mind, you’ll always get by.