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Jun 2021

How strong is your home against natural disasters?

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Through the ages, Nature has taught us that she is unpredictable at best, and can be furious at worst! Therefore, we must always ensure safety and security are at the forefront of our decision-making when it comes to buying a home. While we can never fully insulate our homes to withstand natural disasters, there are some basic measures one can take. 

Keep your head high 

Heavy rain can escalate to flooding in the blink of an eye. How do you check if your property is protected from it? A good rule of thumb is to check the distance between the front gate and your home itself. The farther apart they are, the better it is for you! Additionally, check to see if there is an elevation from the gate to your home. This would indicate that the property itself is raised above road level. For instance, the blocks at Clover by The River, premium apartments in Chennai, are raised by 9 feet from the ground as a precaution in case the river right next to the property floods its banks.

Find your knight in shining armor

The steel wire mesh inside reinforced glass makes it a widely used material by most builders in their properties. Think of it as Gorilla Glass (popular, unbreakable smartphone screens) for your home. Not only are they fireproof, neither do they break into shards in case of cyclonic winds. It is good practice to cross-check with your builders on the type of windows that have been used in the property. 

At Appaswamy, we make sure your homes are fitted with the best quality reinforced glass that is specially designed and vetted by our structural consultants.

 And finally, the general checklist 

Apart from these, also pay attention to a few things like fire exits, storm drains, emergency numbers, and point of contact (the national Natural Disaster helpline is 1070).

Come monsoon time, it is time to reinforce your home to ensure it is weatherproof! Make sure any cracks or seepage in your home are sealed with caulk or sealant. Additionally, coat the exterior walls with weatherproof paint to protect the interiors from the harsh climate.

While you cannot run away from a disaster, you can ensure you have enough artillery to make it to the other side. And if you are on a house-hunt looking for a property that takes safety into account right at the design stage, head to Appaswamy builders in Chennai.

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