Monsoon has arrived; here are some tips to keep your house monsoon proof

by Shatakshi Gupta

With the onset of the rainy season, the time has come when everybody loves to hold a cup of tea and fitters and enjoy the water trickling down your window. But monsoon also comes with different set problems. The rain often spoils our house, and one can notice the moss the floor and walls which cause the pungent smell of dampness. In many cases, seepage ruins the walls. So, to make your monsoon tension free here are some tips.

First of all, before the arrival of monsoon one should check for cracks on all the exposed surfaces like walls and roofs get them fixed.  Cracks present on these surfaces are the primary entrance points that led moisture to seep in and which results in the growth of fungus and patches on wall and roof. So the simple tip is, fill these gaps with putty or cement.

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The next thing in the to-do list must be repairing faulty wires because they could cost you heavily if you procrastinate this. The seeping in of water inside walls can make could make contact with wires inside and in such case if wiring has some fault then it could cause short circuits and electrical failure. Also make sure that you covered all the electricity boxes with plastic, where there is a high possibility that it could get wet.

Another important tip here is to avoid using carpets or rugs during this season, as carpets tend to stay moist when they come in contact with water. During this moist season, it takes time to dry these carpets which ultimately shorten their life. While removing rugs and carpets make sure that you store them in a dry place until the rainy season is over.

Another important thing to keep in mind is that you must remove wooden furniture from the open area. Moreover, slide all your wooden furniture a few centimetres away from the walls. For cleaning, one should use a dry cloth to clean your furniture. To avoid moisture in your cabinets, cupboards and drawers use moisture soaking agents like activated charcoal, naphthalene balls or neem leaves.

If your house flooring is wooden then do not use a wet mop as much as possible and also protect the flooring by using wax sealants regularly.

Apart from the above tips, you must also check for clogged drains since these are breeding spots for insects, mosquitoes and foul odour. Also, cover your windows with shade from above to prevent the water from entering. And last but not the least keep your windows open while it is not raining, this will ensure the circulation of fresh air and reduce the dullness and humidity inside the house.