The rains are here again (well, in this part of the world where I live presently). The reality of it is that you have to get ready whether you prefer sunshine or not. To stay clean and dry during the rainy season requires a bit of planning which is often overlooked. I noticed that the approach is mostly a reactive one. From leaking roofs to blocked drainages, we try to resolve at the same time when there is a downpour. Not to mention the fact that some people neglect to pick up an umbrella on a cloudy day because it’s a bit of a burden to carry around.
Anyway, my concern at this time hovers around the home and the environment. You know that with the rains, comes other cares like keeping our homes clean and dry, and protecting our possessions from damage. So I will describe a list of five important aspects of our lives that requires a little preparation as we get into the rainy season.
5 Things you should do to stay clean and dry during the rainy season
1. Keep Drainage clean and Clear
– You have to keep the drainage clean and clear of debris else it will become clogged. This may cause flooding or damage to your pipe as the case may be. With stagnant dirty water in a clogged drainage, insects like mosquitoes will breed and wastes will decompose to release harmful bacteria. So will the spread diseases in that environment. It is important to clear gutters and drainage channels to help water drain during the rainy season
2. Prevent Floods
– As mentioned, there is need for a clear path for waste waters during rainy season, floods can pose a big threat to your health and safety at this time. I would suggest that you work with your local government authorities on this point.
A good idea would be to cooperate with other residents to contact the local authorities, when it is obvious that your area is at risk of flooding. You may want them to dredge the small river in your area (to increase the flow of water) or to put up concrete structures in order to slow down the pressure of water flow in that area as the case may be.
3. Keep your garment dry
– You have to choose the right time to air your clothes after washing to get them to dry. You should make sure that clothes are completely dry before storing in the cabinet (if you do not use a drying machine) because wearing damp clothes will make your body to smell and could cause some skin irritation. Mildew may also set in. Some alternatives if you cannot get some sunshine on your clothes are to squeeze properly and let them drip dry in the bathroom.
In order to remove smells that could possibly arise from drying your clothes indoors, add a little baking soda or vinegar to the water before you start to wash.
4. Protect your Car parked in the rain
A coat or two of fresh wax polish is enough to repel rain and dirt when it rains. Apply grease to the doors to reduce friction. A moisture spray will also help you keep open metallic surfaces from becoming rusty.
5. Check for a Leaking roof
– It is important to check if your roof is leaking from any spot before the rains start. This could lead to a greater damage if left unchecked. Besides, the cost of replacement can be enormous if it is not done early.
Being able to spot where the leakage is coming from may not be so easy but note that water stains across the ceilings and water tracks on your walls are signs of a leaking roof.
It would be worthwhile to give a thought to some of these suggestions. You health and safety may depend on it. I can imagine some of you with kids who would like to play around just like when it is sunshine. There would be little you can do to help them if you do not prepare your home and environment for the rainy season.
Share your ideas on how to stay clean and ‘dry’ for the rainy season. It will be good to hear from you.