It is almost the middle of the year and after the exhausting summer, it is time when fresh splatter of rain will touch and drench Mother Earth. Nature will bloom again with freshness and greenery. Amid all gloom, there will be some fragrance of hope again. But as we know, advantages come with a lot of unwelcome disadvantages; similarly, the soothing season of monsoon comes with some real problems.
The picture of monsoon is generally associated with black clouds, roads flooded with water, thunder and strong winds. But have you ever wondered what damage it can do to your home? We all spend a lot of money turning the bricks and pillars into our dream home. Rain may cause problems like seepage and dampness in it. The risk increases if the building is an old one. So, what can we do to avoid this? Here’s a list of measures which will ensure that your home keeps smiling even in the strong monsoons.
Prevention is better than cure. Doing something after an incident happens is not what the wise men & women do. It is always better to adopt some preventive measures before the monsoon arrives and damages your house or any other property e.g., office. It is advisable that you check your entire house before the arrival of the monsoon, but even if you are late do not skip. Go ahead and check the house for any issues that may turn problematic, when it is still drizzling and pouring less frequently. Pay special attention to the external walls. Take care of the terrace and the roof. Check if the waterproofing1 is in good condition. Inspect the outlets and the drains. If you find any damage or blockage, repair and clean it in earnest.
Here are seepage-prone areas of a house that can get worse during the monsoon. Check the condition of these areas in your home too and brace up for the long rainy season.
Choosing paint of your house
Choosing a waterproof paint for both the interior and exterior of your house is really important. Primer/sealer should be used along with the paint for better protection. Sealers don’t allow external moisture to enter the walls and enable them to stay strong for a longer period. Here’s2 how a sealer helps to protect your walls.
It is also important to choose a paint that is durable enough and can withstand water for years. Some paints have the tendency to get washed off. So, opt for water-resistant paint3 varieties. If your house has not been painted for years, get it painted once with waterproof, good paint before the monsoon. These days, special exterior waterproof sealants4 are also available. But you don’t always need them unless there is a requirement for some extra caulking.
Checking the Drainage
Ancient civilizations paid special attention to the drainage system of their houses. A good drainage system does not allow excess water to accumulate in the house. Any blockage in the drainage system of your house should be ideally checked at the start of the monsoon, otherwise, it will invariably lead to seepage and damp. You cannot afford that to happen to your house and increase the health risk for your family. Check for any leakage in the pipes and water outlets. Take the help of professionals if needed because not all fractures and leaks will be visible to the naked eyes.
Look out for cracks in the wall
Cracks in the walls of your house may appear due to many reasons. While some are superficial and only paint-deep, most cracks tend to make the walls weak from within by causing seepage. Also, ensure that your ceiling is in good condition and it has no cracks. Rainwater often seeps through these cracks. Do you remember noticing a watery patch up there during last year’s monsoon? Then, better check the place closely once again because a temporary dry surface does not mean that everything is alright with the ceiling.
Choice of Doors and Windows
Try to avoid wooden doors or windows as they have a tendency to swell up during the monsoons due to increased moisture in the atmosphere. If you are having metal door, grease it properly with oil and lubricants used and specially designed for door hinges. Metal (read iron) frames rust easily in moisture. So, opt for stainless steel or aluminium frames. Also, repair the small things like gaps between the door/window panes and the frame, gap around the exterior door and window frames, knobs, etc in order to prevent moisture intrusion in your home.
Ventilation of your house
A home should not be congested. It should have proper ventilation to ensure fresh air to enter the household and allow the entry of sunlight. A suffocating home leads to several diseases. If you don’t have proper ventilation in each room of your house, ensure that now. Whenever the humidity in air increases during the rainy season, your home accumulates moisture too. A humid environment is best for the growth of disease spreading germs and bacteria. The poisonous fungus also grows in a humid climate. Therefore it is necessary to properly ventilate one’s house.
Interior is not just about decoration
We all love to decorate our interiors. In fact, we invest handsome amounts to make our interior attractive. During the rainy season, try to avoid heavy curtains to protect your interiors. The heavy curtain doesn’t allow sunlight to enter the house and as a result, your home may become excessively humid. A sudden increase in humidity causes damage to wooden furniture and walls. Ensure your home interiors stay safe. Allow sunlight to get into the house in every possible way.
Checking the Electrical Connections
Check throughout the house for any disturbance in the electrical connection. Any damage in the wire and connections may lead to accidents. Make sure your house is shock-free to avoid such accidents.
Every house, old or new, can have damp areas that can get worse during heavy rains. Are you sure your home doesn’t have one such place?
Home is not just interior but exterior too
Many of us love gardening. Planting small plants and trees around the house enhances the beauty of your house. All plants don’t have the same water requirements. Most of the plants wither because their roots die in excessive water. Keep these plants under a shade during the monsoon season.
The pathways outside your house may get unwelcome guests. Algae and mosses grow on pathways and make it slippery. Clean the pathways with chlorine or any acid solution to avoid accidents. Also, do a chlorine treatment of swimming pools as dirty rainwater enters the pool during monsoon.
Protecting your clothes
Always wear properly washed and dried clothes in monsoon season. If you are using a wooden wardrobe, place some naphthalene balls or neem leaves between your clothes to avoid the growth of germs, odour and moisture. What else? Don’t dry your washed clothes inside the house. Also, see to it that they don’t absorb rainwater. How do you do that! Semi-dry your clothes in the dryer of your washing machine and hang them outside when the sun is out. Sounds too much of an extra bit of work? Well, monsoon calls for some extra care and you better give it to your home and wardrobe.
A sustainable tip before the final wrap-up
Monsoon has already hit the cities. One of the best ways to avoid water logging in the terrace of your house is by rainwater harvesting. Rainwater harvest is basically storing the rainwater for reuse. You can use it for several purposes like watering your plant. One of the best and easiest ways to practise rainwater harvesting at home is by keeping a huge drum on the terrace to store the water. But ensure the drum doesn’t turn into a curse! Mosquitoes breed in uncovered, stagnant water. So, cover the drum with a good lid and keep a small opening to let the rain enter the drum.
Another healthy tip for monsoon season is to try to avoid big and heavy carpets for the floor as they attract moisture.
As the American author of fantasy and science fiction, Beth Revis writes, “Rainy days should be spent at home with a cup of tea and a good book.” To enjoy this bliss, you must take good care of your beloved home, in the first place, to make it strong enough to withstand the wrath of a storm or heavy downpour. We have already shared a detailed checklist for monsoon but our objective of this content was to tell you the ways to take care of your home in this season. Cracks and leakage, invisible seepage and damp can do more harm to this peaceful nest of yours than you can ever imagine. You think of ignoring a small crack in the wall or terrace and decide to repair it after the monsoon is over and it becomes unthinkably problematic in a fortnight.
We hope this content will keep your home healthy and happy and you too. Happy Monsoon!
Reference links used: