Doing post-flood home repairs? Here's what you need to know
Many Jamaicans have been left in home-repair mode following the heavy rains that caused flooding in several parishes across the island last week.
The parishes that were hit hardest include Kingston and St Andrew, St Catherine, Manchester, Clarendon, Portland, St Ann and St Mary.
Leaking roofs, water damage and waste disposal are immediate concerns for many. In an effort to save some money, many residents will be doing repairs themselves. Manager of Rapid True Value, Lane Plaza branch in St Andrew, Andrea Thomas, shared with The Gleaner that her business is ready to assist customers with making the right choices for their needs. Regarding roof repair, she said: “One of the items that can be used is roof compound, which (we have) available in a variety of brands.”
She also said that, depending on the extent of the damage, wet and dry roof cement and zinc sheets, are other items that can get the job done.
As it relates to getting rid of excess water, Thomas recommends the use of a wet-dry vacuum, which sucks the water into a container for easy disposal.
“Also, a pressure washer, to do deep washing of the floors and walls, and, of course, brooms, buckets and mops can be used. All these items are readily available at Rapid True Value,” said Thomas.
If it is that furniture has undergone heavy water damage, Thomas suggested that you sand them down first to remove the damaged look.
“For this, a sander can be used or if that is outside of budget, sand paper can also be used to get the desired finish. You will then varnish the furniture having it looking as good as new,” she said.
Thomas suggested that even if you were lucky enough to escape damage this time around, you should always be prepared. She said cordless drills, hammers, machetes, and chain saws - particularly if there are large trees in the area - shovels and rakes are some of the tools that you should have in your home as part of your preparation for floods and hurricanes.
“Every home owner should always have at least a small tool box in their homes stocked with the necessary items such as tape measure, nails, screws, wire-cutters, pliers and a wrench,” she said.
She noted that, over the past three months, the hardware store has partnered with companies to help them put hurricane plans in place. She strongly encouraged everyone not to wait until a storm system is about to hit, but rather to begin planning now, as preparation is important.
For further information, contact Rapid True Value, Lane Plaza branch at 754-5811. The store is open Mondays to Fridays from 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.; on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.; and Sundays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.