Here in the United States, the rainy season is dependant on where you live but usually falls between November and April. There are variations; here in North Carolina, for example, we expect heavy rains during hurricane season from June to November, so it does depend on your regular climate.
Of course, with an unpredictable shift in weather patterns, it is becoming increasingly difficult to predict. So, when we talk about protecting your home during the rainy season, we could, in theory, be talking about any time!
Therefore, don’t put off plans to protect your home, even if the snow is falling or the sun is blazing outside your home right now. You should always prepare early. You might be sitting in a flooded room, otherwise, and that would really put a dampener on your day!
Five Essential Rainy Season Tips
Here are some tips on protecting your home during the rainy season (whenever that might be).
#1: Check your roof
On a fine day, head up onto the roof and check for any cracks or loose or missing tiles (or call in a professional if you don’t have a head for heights). If there are any issues, you could deal with any problems yourself if you have the DIY know-how or (perhaps the better option) call out a roofer to service your roof properly. You should also get your roof treated with a waterproof coating to protect your roof from a heavy deluge of rain, as you might still experience leaks or the risk of mold otherwise. Check out our other tips on keeping your roof in good shape.
#2: Protect or store away your outdoor equipment
The rain can do a lot of damage to anything left lying around outdoors, and if it is accompanied by strong winds, you can also expect to lose some of the lighter items around your garden and patio. Tools will become rusted, electrical items will become unsafe to use, and your outdoor furniture could warp and grow mildew. Tidy as much as you can into your shed or garage, and/or bring certain items into your home for safekeeping. Check out these waterproof patio furniture covers too, which are not only useful for your tables and chairs, but which can also protect your hot tub, air conditioner, and much of your garden.
#3: Protect your home from mold
With the rain comes a damp, moist air, and that can cause mold to grow and your home to smell. To reduce the risk, there are a few things you need to do. Firstly, check the sealants around your doors and windows, and if there are any gaps, fill them in with a sealant gun. You might only have rain coming into your house otherwise.
Check for any cracks in your walls too, using these tips if you come across any. And then ensure proper ventilation. Open up your vents and windows when it’s dry outside to properly air out your home. The fresh air gets rid of the awful damp smell that prevails when your home fills with moisture.
#4: Check your mechanical systems
There are other ways to protect your home, of course. You should clear your gutters of any debris to ensure your walls, roof, and foundation aren’t affected by overflowing water.
You should also check for any loose electrical wires around your home, and call in an electrician if any are discovered, to protect yourself from any nasty shocks!
#5: Develop better habits
You should also implement good habits to keep your home clean – dry off your dog before he hits the living room, and implement a “shoes at the door” policy to protect your carpets from muddy, wet footprints!
The Takeaway on Readying Your House for Rainy Season
After doing all of these things, you can then relax. You made a safer home. Job well done!