3 MOST IMPORTANT PRO TIPS
For Weather Proofing your Home or Condo in Mexico
As property owners in Mexico, we know that hurricane season starts as early as May and tends to affect our coastlines until the end of the year with tropical storms on radar as late as November of each year.
We also want to think about the extreme heat that Mexico brings onto the structures we own. By taking the proper steps to protect our most valuable assets in Mexico, we can help mitigate normal wear and tear that our structures endure in our tropical climate.
Here are a couple of questions to ask yourself:
- When was the last time I weather proofed my home?
- When was the last time I sealed the roof of my home and checked for any leaks?
- When was the last time I had any cracks patched or filled on any of my structures that could result in water infiltration in heavy rains?
PRO TIP 1
Seal up any gaps in doors, windows and pipes
Windows remain one of the most common sources of leaks in our homes. Time and weather can cause the caulking that seals in your door jams and windows to expand and contract. Over time, this causes caulk to crack, crumble or wear out, which leaves your home vulnerable to the elements. When it comes to heavy rainfall and flooding, you’ll want to do everything possible to minimize sealant gaps to prevent water or other debris from entering your residence. For less than $20.00, you can invest in a basic caulking gun and waterproof sealant. This can easily fix and maintain any potential cracks. When this sealant is applied, it will fill the open spaces around a window to form a durable, airtight and water-resistant seal. Also, check for gaps in areas where cable and telephone wires, outlets, vents, and pipes that enter the home.
PRO TIP 2
Clean your home’s gutters and avoid water and moisture accumulation
Common in Mexico is water accumulation. This is usually caused by a poor drainage design, either the gutters do not have the proper angle to drain the water away from the home or the extreme rain and wind from a hurricane is just too much for the gutters to handle and water back up occurs, far too fast. How do my gutters and drainage respond to heavy rains at my home or condo in Mexico? This question should be examined and tested to avoid water accumulation and standing water. Water accumulation is “No Bueno” for many reasons. The #1 reason is the threat of mold, still water and of course deterioration to structures and walls over time. Reducing the risk of flooding and long-lasting damage to your home or condo should be an annual task. Damaged, non-functional gutters may lead to foundation damage due to rain water that remains near the home and filters toward the foundation. After this water accumulates around the foundation, it will soak into the concrete.
A proactive approach is key when owning a home in Mexico, particularly when it comes to gutter cleaning and proper drainage of water. Remember, it is always better to be on the side of caution when it comes to your home or condo in Mexico. Evaluating these areas of your home during off-season will help ensure you can avoid a potential disaster later.
PRO TIP 3
Weather Proof My Roof
Homes in Mexico for the most part have concrete roofs or Spanish tile over concrete. When we think concrete, we think fortress, unbreakable, strong. The reality is that water will find its way into your home if there is a crack or an opening in the roof. Even if your home is newly constructed, built in the last 5 years, it’s time to have your roof inspected.
A proper inspection must take place first and foremost. When it comes to inspection and repair, it is recommended to contract a professional roofer that understands what to look for. A simple visual inspection is not enough as the tiles must be examined and tested.