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Guanacaste, Costa Rica by Joseph Emanuelli

Real information and stories from Guanacaste , Costa Rica. Presneted by a long time expat living and working in Costa Rica
Basic Home Maintenance for your Costa Rica Home in the Rainy Season

Now that the rainy season is upon us but not the heavy part of the rainy season, that happens in September and October, we get those afternoon thunderstorms that can be strong with some heavy rain, I wanted to bring to your attention some basic things you need to do to insure your investment is well taken care of.  I bring this topic up because yesterday we had one heck of a shower in the afternoon and over 2.5 inches of rain fell in just an hour and a half.

The first thing is to make sure if you have clay tiles on your roof or no matter what type of roof is on the home, do an inspection to make sure there are no missing tiles, or tiles that are out of place cracked and chipped. If you happen to be a part time owner, make sure you instruct your property manager to do this. Yes it is going to cost you some money but it is well spent money. Just think of what the repairs will be like if you living room ceiling caved in from a soaked dry wall?

The second and most important thing is to make sure your gutters are cleaned of all debris, leaves and the occasional iguana and the down spout are clear as well, or the water will back up and overflow on to the soffits. When it rains this much this fast they need to be clean or you will have damage to your structure. Going along with this idea, many homes, mine included, do not have down spouts but funnels with chains leading to a drain box on the ground. This drain box also needs to be cleaned and flushed out to make sure the rain water is removed from your premise and dose not back up and over flow on your property causing a potential flood.

Third and this is a big one. Here in Guanacaste, 99% of all homes have a septic tank, even though rain water is not supposed to go directly in the septic tank, it is advisable that every couple of years you have it pumped and the lines cleared and clean. When we get heavy rains the earth can only absorb so much in a short period of time. You do not want this extra water filling the tank through the top of the lid as I have experienced with some properties. I have seen this happen and it is not a pretty sight, trust me on this one.

Fourth thing to take into consideration is the trees that may be very close to your house. Large heavy limbs should be trimmed back so they do not snap from the weight of the extra water on them and fall on the roof and of course if they do well you know what can happen.

Another good idea is if your properties entrance is over a culvert or over a dry creek, I highly recommend that you have someone clean out any natural debris that may be in blocking the openings. You really do not want to replace this if it get washed out by rain water running down the road or a hill that is behind you.

Remember if you have a second home, even if it is in the same area you live in or like here in Playa Hermosa, there are many vacation homes, you need to take care of them just as if you were living in them full time. Let’s face facts, real estate is an investment period, do let your invest waste a way.

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Posted: Monday, July 01, 2013 3:56 PM by Joseph A. Emanuelli

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