The monsoons bring cool showers and fresh, green surroundings but they also bring torrential downpours, increased humidity, damp weather and wet conditions, all of which can damage your house. So how do you save your prized home from the perils of the rainy season?
Here are 10 tips on how to take care of your home in the monsoon:
Check the roof or terrace
The roof is the topmost part of your home, in case of apartments it is the terrace, which bears the brunt of the heavy rains. Any cracks or defects in the roof or the flooring of the terrace will inevitably lead to constant dripping & leakages below. Make sure the roof or terrace is thoroughly checked (this is a professional job and should be done by qualified persons) for any defects before the rainy season commences. Also, make sure that the water proofing is adequate on the roof and the terrace floor.
Check the pipes
Check the pipes or outlets in the house regularly to avoid any clogging. Clogged pipes will result in water puddles and seepages. Before the rains begin, inspect the pipes to ensure that no dirt, debris or garbage is stuck inside.
Keep a watch on the walls
Wall cracks can not only weaken the foundation of the house, they are also a breeding ground for fungal growth that can be detrimental to your health. Humidity during the monsoons aggravate the fungus growth, so check your home walls for defects to make them weatherproof during the rainy season.
Check the electrical fittings
Water and electric fittings are a very bad combination. Ensure that there are no loose electrical fittings, broken switches or open wirings that can cause any serious accidents during the rains (especially if you have small children in the house).
Inspect you doors and windows
Doors and windows keep rainwater away. If they are not opening or closing properly or are getting jammed midway, the rainwater seeping in can cause damage in the house. Make sure the door hinges and window channels are properly lubricated for smooth functioning. You can also use a good sealant to waterproof entry points in your home.
Protect your carpets and furniture
Rains play havoc with carpets and wooden furniture. The moistness in the air can damage the finish of the carpets, so it is better if the expensive hand-woven carpets are rolled up and stored away during the rainy season. Similarly, make sure you keep any wooden furniture indoors as rain water can damage wood.
Do away with musty, dank smells
Rains don’t just bring the fresh smell of earth, they also bring a most unpleasant dank, musty smell that is very uncomfortable to breathe in. Mixing lemon juice and vinegar in a bottle and spraying it in the house provides a natural room freshener that removes unwanted odors. Make sure to keep camphor balls or neem leaves in cupboards to protect your clothes from damage.
Clean the gutters
As with the inside of the house, make sure that the outdoors are also well maintained to avoid any problems during the rainy season. One of the most common problems that occur during the rains are clogged or congested gutters. It is important that the water flow in the gutters is unimpeded and is clear of debris, leaves, waste etc. Because any waterlogged in the gutter can damage the outer walls of your house, leading to seepage inside causing unnecessary maintenance expenses.
Keep a safety kit ready
Rains can bring unexpected problems (power outages, water logging, inaccessibility to basic provisions etc.). It is better to be safe and ready than be sorry. Make sure a fully equipped safety kit, that includes water cans, flashlight & batteries, a portable generator, non-perishable food items, basic medicines, mosquito repellent, fully charged mobile phone etc. is ready at all times.
Protect home appliances and expensive gadgets
Almost all the kitchen and home appliances (mixer & food processor, microwave etc.) as well as work gadgets such as laptops, PCs, are powered by electricity. Make sure these are kept safely away from rain water to avoid accidents and damages.
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