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Hurricane Season Is Coming; Is Your Home Prepared?

How to keep your home dry and protected during periods of heavy rain and extreme weather conditions

Every year people living in Playa del Carmen must prepare for hurricane season, which spans from the June 1 until November 30. Luckily, Playa del Carmen hasn’t experienced a hurricane since Wilma, back in 2005.

Most of the years, the hurricane months pass by with nothing to fear but afternoon showers and some humidity. However, it is important to act and prepare our homes before the rainy season starts. The key for any of these preventive actions is that they must be done on dry surfaces.

Prevention is key to keeping your home dry and maintaining the value of your property, so here are some of the most effective ways to keep water out of your home!

  • Walls: Applying a fresh coat of paint is a great way to keep water out. As an extra precaution, you can apply a sealant in parts of your house that tend to get wet during rainy season: corners, low areas of the wall, walls near pipes, etc.
  • Roof: The sealant used in Mexico looks like paint. Some builders skip this step, so if your roof looks grey, most probably you need to apply a new coat of waterproof sealant.
  • Windows and doors: Checking windows and doors for broken seals, dry silicone and broken glass is a sure way to keep the water outside. Remove any debris from the rails to avoid clogging.
  • Pipes and exterior drain: Make sure the pipes that take the water down from the roof are free of leaves. Also, patio drains need to be checked to make sure the water will not accumulate and damage your home.
  • Trees: Heavy rains and winds might damage trees. Make sure to trim your trees and get rid of any rotten branches. Concrete houses withstand fallen trees quite well, but these branches might damage electric wires, cars or even a pedestrian!

Keeping your home in top condition is a good way to avoid water damage. Follow our recommendations and enjoy a dry hurricane season!

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