20 Nov PREPARE YOUR HOME FOR THE RAINY SEASON
The rains are upon us once more. We thank God for the rains! Be that as it may, we should not be caught unawares and unprepared. having coming from the dry and windy season, damages are bound to have occured on the property somehow, mind you “mhepo imhepo”
Here are some areas that may need attention. Check them out before relaxing this rainy season.
- Gutter Cleaning
The major characteristic of the wind is its ability to blow things away! Leaves normally get trapped in the running gutters or even the down pipes. Before celebrating the rains, please do check the gutters for anything trapped there. Dont be surprised to find plants germinating there too! Common items that might be found there include sand, plastics, bottles and even shoes! Mind you kids enjoy making things fly.
Clean them gutters and allow free flow of water and enjoy the rains!
2. Seal Roof Leaks
Heavy winds have a tendency of loosening screws and nails. Cracks develop also in the process. These may act as avenues for leaks in the long run. The impact of leaks should never be underestimated. Statistics prove that some fires and electrocutions have been caused by ceiling leaks. We can all save our properties by sealing off cracks and roof gaps with a roofing membrane or even recoating of sheets. Painting or respraying can save your property.
3. Replace Rusty Iron Sheets
Sometimes admitting that replacements and renovations are overdue is a virtue. With time, iron sheets are attacked by white rust. Iron oxide weakens the fabric of the sheet resulting in peeling off of the upper coat and the worse extent, the sheet becomes porous. These result in heavy ceiling leaks and weakened roofing structure. At Musara and Company we can help you with the right replacements. Our sheets come with a 20 year guarantee on all thicker gauges (suited for permanent structures).
4. Attend to all Home Drainage Systems
Blocked drainage systems cause unnecessary flooding and intermittent flashy floods. Its interesting to note items that may be found in blocked systems. From plastics, bottle to dipers, sanitary pads to towels and papers!
As we prepare for the heavy rains we should clear all water escape routes. This extends to creating water pathways like ridges and farrows
5. Develop Water Harvesting Habits
Harare yanetsa mvura! Actually its a Zimbabwean phenomenon. Planning for water harvesting and investing in it is the safe route to having reliable access to fresh water this rainy season. It can actually cut on costs of purchasing water from vakomana vemalorry! Erect water harvesting tanks. We, as Musara and Company come in with developing the guttering system that connects the harvesting tanks with the running gutters on the roof. Akuruma nzeve ndewako!