September saw the monsoon rains arrive suddenly in Pattaya and as is often the case caught many people unprepared. The rain here comes in such large volumes and so fast, so take time to read these few simple tips:
Keep all windows closed, keep a battery operated torch and candles and a lighter handy as power cuts often follow flooding. Keeping a stock of food that requires no cooking or refrigeration can be useful.
Don’t venture out into flooded streets during the rain, flash floods can move very quickly and motorbikes can be washed away in an instant, cars too.
Conventional drainage and pipes struggle to cope with the surge of water. its wise during rainy season to make sure your condo balcony drains are clear and not blocked with leaves or other obstructions. Avoid using elevators if you can power cuts happen often for House owners, inspect your roof and make sure its ready for the rains, so as to avoid leaks inside your home that can weaken your walls and ceilings and lead to expensive problems.
Take a look at your gutters to make sure that they drain well and don’t cause water to back up. Prepare some sandbags incase you need to keep flood water at bay. Consider moving expensive furniture and belonging to a higher floor.
If theres a thunder storm, unplug expensive electronics including TV, home entertainment centers, and computers. Never touch wiring or corded phones during a thunderstorm, lightning traveling through telephone wires can kill.
The benefits of the rain however, are we need a lot rain for our reservoirs, gardens and farms, as the local population continues to grow and strain supply.
Enjoy the rain!
By Charlie Warner