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Rain pouring into their home

Rain pouring into their home

 

The winter is on its way at last and we are suffering storm force winds and heavy rain with occasional hailstones so it won’t be long before we receive calls from people who say they have rain pouring into their homes.

 

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Rain pouring into their home

We all rest easy here in Portugal during the long spring and summer month. Our motivation is to find shade not think about rain and hour home flooding or leaking.

That’s why it’s a shock to the system when it actually happens.

Rains pouring into their home where does it come from

 

The roof,

Adjoining buildings

Under the external doors

Through the window frames

Through the floor

These are the most likely problem areas –

Missing or broken roof tiles, Bent or rusted through roof flashings, Blocked gutters and downpipes. Miss aligner roof tiles due to the roof timbers sagging.

Adjoining buildings – usually it’s down to bent or rusted through flashings between the two houses, it could also be caused by an internal rainwater pipe built into the wall.

Under the external doors – Portuguese doors rarely incorporate a thresh system and use a piece of stone or marble. The wind can simply blow the water under the door. You can install a thresh by simply cutting the door and installing one underneath.

Through the window frames – The window frames in Portuguese houses and apartments are fitted with a damp proof course around them like they are in the uk. They rely on a thin bead of silicon sealer the keep out the rain. Trouble is these silicon joints are often applied to damp stone or render so don’t stick properly. You may have to cut them out and reapply silicon on a warm dry day.

Through the floor – This is usually the most problematic area. We are used to damp floors here in old houses and some more recent builds!. The floor will not have had a damp proof course installed so when there is a sudden downpour rain from outside cam come under the house and appear in pools on your ground floors. This problem can be treated but it is very disruptive and costly. Insist on a damp proof membrane being installed.

 

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Heavy Rain

When we think of Portugal the last thing that we think of is Heavy Rain. That is until you own a property here.

Many people dream of buying a property next to a lake or river in rural Portugal. castelo construction

Many people dream of buying a property next to a lake or river in rural Portugal.

If you own a property in Portugal you will no doubt spend more time here and experience the two wet season of the year.

 

 

Obviously some areas of Portugal are drier than others but we do get very heavy rain.

 

 

 

When we are talking to our clients about their new build of property renovation we always have to remind them that we need to take care of the heavy rain.

Tale or instance flat roofs, balconies, verandas and patios all have to be sealed properly and there must be the correct slopes to shed the water quickly. Even the more mundane things like calcada cobbled patios must be laid to a fall so that they do not get damaged by pooling water.

So it is best to prepare your home for such eventualities as storms and heavy rain while you are away and your Portuguese property is closed up.


Here are 5 tips.
1 Before you leave your property shut up make sure that the gutters and drains around your property are clear of dead leaves, ivy and other creepers and dirt.


2 Lower the water level in your swimming pool or even better have an overflow fitted so no matter what amount of rain comes your swimming pool will not overflow.


3 Check the condition of your flat roof, balcony, veranda and patio tiles if there is grout missing from between the tiles or worse plants growing out of them. Get them fixed before the heavy rains of the winter. Leaking flat roofs, balconies, verandas and patios can cause penetrating damp inside your property.


4 Check that your gutters and drain pipes are solidly fixed and not blocked. Leaking gutters are a major source of penetrating damp.


5 Ventilate your home – We understand that it feels right to lock all the internal doors from a security stand point but if you have no air circulation during periods of heavy rain you are increasing the likelihood of condensation build up inside your rooms.
Consider installing passive ventilation or even better a solar ventilation panel from Grammer Solar or SolarVenti.

 

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Know what you are buying

Do you really know what you are buying ?

In most things probably but when it comes to buying a house in Portugal are you sure?

It was something which was brought home to us recently during a demolition project. We were taking off a recently built two story extension that had been built onto an old stone house which we are remodeling and renovating.

Obviously the house is an old house and you would expect that things would need to be renovated and made good.

What you would not expect and would probably not be happy about is that the extension was not tied into (secured too) the old house.
When we started the demolition it just fell down like a pack of cards. Not only that the single thickness brick wall that made the structure of the extension had no cement between the vertical faces of the bricks! Just along the bottom and top.

This could not be seen because the walls were covered in poor quality render. This is one of the worst self build projects that we have come across and you can understand why Portugal has moved towards building regulations and controls.

If you had not known the extension to the house was badly built and just did what a lot of people do decorate and refurbish.

The fact that this two story extension dropped to the ground so easily and quickly was worrying because if the house was just being “refurbished” it could have fallen down due to high wind or ground tremor. take a look at seismic activity in Portugal.

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If you are not qualified or experienced enough to know if a property you are looking at to buy is sound call in Castelo Construction.

 

It would be a shame to end your retirement under a pile of freshly painted rubble.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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