This Spring has been absolutely beautiful! With temperatures hovering in the low 80s, it feels like we are getting an extra few weeks of perfect, mild Winter weather. But in just a few weeks, the Summer rains will begin, heralding in the official “Summer Rainy Season”. This is definitely a beautiful time of year in Puerto Vallarta. The mountains turn bright green, the tropical storm clouds are dramatic, and sound of the rain is soothing. But is your home ready for the extra moisture and heat? Here are a few tips that I hope you will find useful as you get prepared for the next few months.
Waterproof your Roof
This is probably the most important part of Summer Proofing your home. If you have any flat portions of roof, they will definitley need a new coat of “impermeabilizante”. This waterproof sealant is best when applied by a professional handyperson. Make sure all areas where wiring or piping enter or exit the roof are waterproofed as well, so no water leaks in. Also, you may want to put down some sealer around the edges of your property’s structure so that water can not seep in to the foundation. Consult with a handyperson to see if this is necessary.
Keep good air flow
For those that live ocean front, you have a head start and advantage when it comes to maintaining good airflow to the interior of your home this summer. But homes in high rises, on hill sides, or in open areas will also naturally get good airflow which will give your interior the ability to dry out and keep moisture from accumulating on furniture. If you do not have good airflow (or even if you do!) you need to work at keeping fans, a/c units, and dehumidifiers running as needed. Open up windows and sliding doors when it’s not raining to allow as much fresh air in as possible.
Summerproof your closet
Unfortunately mold can be an issue that we need to be ready to battle. In the most humid of summer months (i.e. September) when it rains and is cloudy more than it is sunny, mold can start to pop up on fabrics. Store anything leather in airtight plastic bags or containers. Invest in small dehumidifiers for your closets as well as the containers of Damp-Rid which are little balls that absorb moisture from the air. The more proactive you are, the better your wardrobe and shoe collection will fare.
Cut back your Summer garden
Summer is an absolutely BEAUTIFUL time of year here in PV. The rain turns our town into a true Tropical Paradise. Lush green foliage is everywhere you look. Your garden, no surprise, will go through an incredible “growth spurt” to put it mildly if left unchecked. Summerproofing also applies to your garden. If you have large trees, now is a good time to do some serious pruning. Expert landscapers are actually quite agressive with cutting back plants here during late spring, as they will grow even more beautiful with the summer rains. Dont be afraid to clean up your garden in preparation for rainy season.
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