Waking up to little drizzles cooling off the scorching summer heat? While that drops in a token of relief, monsoon does have oddities of its own. Undoubtedly, monsoon is the most debatable as a season. While many find it soothing and romantic, others complain and dislike it for the inconvenience it brings. There is no way we can afford to look past the essence of the rain and with it, there’s no ignoring the odd side these showers bring as well. Our homes also suffer considerably due to the monsoons as there are leaking roofs, damp cupboards, damp smelling rooms and clothes, wet patches on the walls and wooden furniture and doors resulting in a lot of damage. So, before this season and its drizzle gain momentum, here’s a quick help to make life your life easy and your house damp protected.
Examine Your House Before Monsoon Kick Starts
The part of your house that easily gets affected during the torrents is the roof of your building. Dribbling and leakages are a common thing to occur. So, before this rainy season sets in, make sure to sweep check every corner of your roof and ensure there is no crack of any sort to let the water in. Similar to the roof, walls are also prone to cracks, which can damage your home havoc. Such cracks need to be filled with waterproof mortar and sealed properly so that there is no way of water droplets to get inside your room. Alongside these, one should also get a professional to check and clear clogging due to leaves and dust that usually reside within rainwater pipes. In case you live in an area that experiences heavy rainfall, waterproofing both the insides and outsides of the house walls is highly recommended.
Safeguard Your Wooden Furniture
Polishing your wooden furniture during monsoons is a big no-no as the moisture won’t let the varnish dry and would cause nothing but damage to them. The ideal time to polish your wooden goods is before or after the monsoons. During the rains, the furniture can be kept dry by being wiped every day so that it does not soak in the moisture. You have probably noticed that wooden doors refuse to properly shut during monsoons. Well, it’s because they expand during this season. So try and get these doors beaten to shape once in a while during the monsoons.
Get Your Wires Fixed
Water and electricity do not go hand in hand. If your abode has unattended wires which have caught your eyes before too, this is the time to make amends and fix them right before the monsoon kick starts. This is not only applicable for the rains as any faulty wire in the building can be dangerous and needs to be fixed immediately. Make this a priority call if you have children running in the house as this might lead to dangerous mishaps in no time. Predominantly, unattended or bad wires have often been the source of short circuits and major power failures, which are pretty common occurrences, especially in monsoons.
Keep Your Abode Well-Ventilated
The humid air and lack of natural light create a gloomy atmosphere indoors and the roof and wall leakage affect the aesthetics of the house. To ensure that your home feels fresh and welcoming, keep it well-ventilated. So, open the windows and doors to let some fresh air and natural light in.
Professional Tip: Owing to the overgrowth of moss and algae, your home pathway tends to get slippery. Make sure you clean them out thoroughly before the monsoon sets in. Start by scraping and cleaning all growth that has already dried up and then follow-up to new growth if any. Add a little vinegar or chlorine to the water to facilitate easy cleaning of the pathways. It will keep away the mosses and algae from growing back fast.