6 Simple Guidelines to Make Your Home Ready for Monsoons

6 Simple Guidelines to Make Your Home Ready for Monsoons

Posted on Aug 16, 2018 at 03:40 PM

Monsoon usually brings relief from the scorching heat of the summer sun. Sitting by the window with a steaming hot cup of coffee, you enjoy the cool breeze and the cloudy sky. However, along with monsoon also come humidity, moisture, seepage, and other problems, causing chaos in your home and throwing your everyday cleaning routine off gear. Be it moisture in the ceiling, paint on the walls, dampness on furniture or small nooks and cronies in each room, your house needs special attention and care to cope with the monsoon season.

    So, here are 6 simple tips to help make your home ready this monsoon:

  1. 1. Clean the roof:

    The roof is usually the most affected during the rainy season. This is especially true if you’re living on the top floor. The water from the rain stagnates on the roof, causing leakage and seepage problems in your ceiling.

    Before the rainy season hits, you should get your roofs and terraces cleaned, and coated with water-proofing. This should prevent any leakage or seepage into your ceiling, even if water is collected on your roof.

  2. 2. Get pest control done to keep bugs away:

    From mosquitos festering in standing water to cockroaches and termites finding a home outside of the damp soil, monsoon breeds various kinds of bugs. Preventing these bugs from entering your house is essential because they can bring various diseases and infections with them.

    To ensure that your home is free of any possible bugs, get pest control done a few days after the first rain. Additionally, you should avoid letting water stagnate near your house, and use nets on all windows. You can also use camphor, and tulsi as natural agents to keep pests away.

  3. 3. Protect wooden furniture:

    Rain is not the best weather for your wooden furniture. The cross sections, or edges, of any wooden furniture, attract moisture easily. This can cause your furniture to start decaying over the years. It can also become a breeding ground for mites and termites, spoiling furniture in its entirety.

    To protect your wooden furniture in the monsoon season, you should coat and seal the edges or intersection on the furniture with lacquer, sealants or other protective coatings. This would ensure that the moisture does not settle on the furniture. You should also distance the furniture from the wall, so that no moisture from the walls seeps into the furniture.

  4. 4. Water-proof the walls:

    The story of walls getting spoilt due to moisture and water seepage in the rainy season is ages old. It usually starts with a little crack somewhere on the wall, and eventually, the entire wall starts to change color and the paint on the wall starts to come off.

    However, with a water-proof coating on the walls, both from inside and outside, you can keep your walls safe throughout the monsoon season. You should also get the cracks, if any, closed off and painted over. If you are in an area that usually receives heavy rainfall, chances are this would already be taken care off. You should check it nonetheless.

  5. 5. Get all gaps closed off:

    Small gaps keeping doors and windows from closely completely can cause a lot of problems. They allow water to get in and settle in tiny and unreachable places, causing moisture issues, dampness, and fungus.

    You should start by identifying any loose hinges and gaps that are preventing your doors and windows from closing completely. Getting your metal-framed doors and windows repainted would also help you avoid rusting and keep water from seeping through them.

  6. 6. Roll up all your carpets and heavy drapes:

    Be it from people’s wet feet, or rainwater through the windows, carpets and heavy drapes can easily collect moisture in the rainy season. Not only does it spoil the fabric, it also leaves a damp and unpleasant smell indoors.

    Roll up your exclusive, expensive carpets and heavy rugs in plastic sheets and keep them in a clean, dry place until the monsoon is over, replacing them with lighter spreads or trendy ‘chatais’ that keep your feet warm. You should also replace your heavy drapes with synthetic-blended, sheer, lighter ones to welcome light and sun.