Many Nepalese homeowners face the threat of floods and landslides, especially in winter. Monsoon Nepal, Months of constant rain, hail, and wind take your place. However, if you are considering preventive care, it can be difficult to know where to start, or what to do in an emergency. As with most homeowners, it pays to plan ahead. So, here’s how to prepare for wet weather.
Preparing for the rain
The Nepalese summer is long among other seasons. However, simple home maintenance tasks can save you a lot of time and money over time in Monsoon Nepal. Recent research has shown that many homeowners can significantly improve their flood protection by investing just Rs 10000. Ideally, most homeowners should be able to complete all the items listed in a day or more.
Equip yourself with necessary things
In the rainy season, there is heavy rainfall and you might want to buy an umbrella, raincoats, boots, torchlight and many more, Don’t do this in a hurry. Pre-plan to buy these types of equipment and yes you can save money if you buy-in off-season. If you buy these types of equipment in the offseason then you might get things at a low price. Monsoon Nepal is challenging for Nepalese. So be prepared for this before the monsoon gets starts.
Ready for power cuts
Power cuts are so common here in Monsoon Nepal that we almost have to defend ourselves! However, it is best for the elderly to be fully prepared for such an occasion when they are alone at home in the dark. Equip yourself with a powerful flashlight, a solar-powered lamp, or a flashlight. It is also advisable to keep a few batteries in good condition – you never know when you may need them. In rural areas, Nepal has a great ability to cut during the rainy season.
Check your roof
In Monsoon Nepal, most of the Roofs of houses are made of tin and tiles. Before the weather changes, be sure to check the condition of your roof. Older or twisted shingles can crack, allowing rainwater to seep into your home. If you are not comfortable with heights, contact a professional roofer and pay for testing. They will not only highlight any issues with your roof that you may need to deal with before winter, but they should also be able to give you the impression that the remaining time of your roof also provides a measure of replacement costs.
Clean your gutters and downspouts
The lower part of the building is more prone to rain damage. This is because the land around your home is not as cohesive as it was before your property was created, so groundwater filters down to the base, which can damage their structural integrity. To counter this, many homes have gutters and downspouts, designed to catch rainwater falling on your roof and take it away from home; either by a municipal watercourse or far enough away from buildings that will not affect your foundation.
When the fall comes and the trees begin to shed their leaves, the gutters often close up, reducing their efficiency. Therefore, be sure to check your gutters and downspouts for damage and blockage at least twice a year.
Check your drains
It’s not just your gutter that needs care. If your home has outdoor drains (such as those often found on balconies or under doors), be sure to keep them out of the trash. While there is usually no risk of injury to your foundation, if these streams are blocked, you risk the water from supporting and entering the home.
Seal your windows
Once you are sure that the rain can flow freely from your area, consider any other ways that water can enter your home. Entrance points are the next thing, so be sure to check the mark on your doors and windows. If the seal is broken or weak, or if you notice any leaks, it may need to be replaced.
Prepare the storms and winds
When a storm hits, water damage should not be your only concern in Monsoon Nepal. Think about the things you leave out of your home each night; How likely is it that they will damage your property in the event of a severe storm? Repeated offenders such as pharaoh umbrellas or outdoor furniture should be kept in a safe place, such as a garage or shed.
Also, damage to your property is not the only danger. Make sure you take into account your neighbor’s property damage, as well as personal injuries. If your furniture hits your property and causes injury to someone else, you can be prosecuted.
Trim down your trees
Loose branches can easily damage your home during a storm in Monsoon Nepal. This is rare but if it occurs then this can make worst damage. Old or decaying trees may need to be removed altogether.
Whether you are outdoors or at home, it is best to stay connected with your family and friends. We all know the tragedy that struck Sindhupalcowk continuously more than a decade ago and the devastation and grievances it brought. Make sure you have a fully functional and charged mobile phone with features such as speed dial, SOS reminders, and medication, so you can let your family know where you are and your needs. You can also buy a simple alarm with a flashlight; in case you need to call someone to help you in case of an emergency.
Cleanliness is closely related to godly devotion; they taught us in school. This would not be strong, especially in the rain. Make sure you do not miss your daily bath and make sure you wash your hands and feet regularly. Keep your handwashing stock, bath soap, and hand cleaners. Hand cleaners, in particular, are your best friend in dirty areas. Now in the midst of this COVID-19 epidemic, I think sanitizer is available in the hands of everyone.
Preparing for flood damage
Chances are, if you experience flooding, there will be some damage to your property. In the highlands of Nepal in the Rainy period, there is heavy rainfall and severe flooding, and landslides. What can you do to protect your home and property in Monsoon Nepal?
- Keep important documents on the floor in waterproof containers.
- Extend your downspouts far from your home.
- Make sure your yard is well planned, so water runs out of your home.
- Enlarge your sherry with a dryer, a hot water tank, and a furnace on the floor.
- Install the sump pump in the basement to remove any stagnant water. Make sure it has a power source of support in the event of a power failure, and don’t forget to check the system from time to time.
- Install a back valve on your sewer line. In the event that your municipal system is overburdened, this will prevent wastewater from supporting your home.
- Install and maintain a leak detection system that may detect abnormal water use and shut
Well, that’s enough advice for the season!
Monsoons are a great time for the elderly to sit down, spend time with their loved ones, and relax at home. Would you not enjoy the hot smoke of green tea while listening to your favorite retro music, rather than risking your life?