Tips for How to Make Monsoon Ready Home!
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Everyone loves the rainy season for its offerings of piping hot food and the earthy fragrance in the air. But home dwellers need to have some safety measures in place to ensure that their dream house is not infected by dampness, pests or water during this romantic season!
Monsoons for most of us symbolize the pit-pat of raindrops on the glass window; steaming hot beverages and fried snacks; the fragrance of a rain-wet, fresh and green coloured earth; and a book!
While for those with a practical bend of mind the monsoon is a season to be dreaded as it brings with it damp interiors and leakages leading to malaises and afflictions; weakened foundations with fungi; seasonal pests; et al.
Well Gharpedia brings you some tips for monsoon ready home so that your house is rain-proofed to the maximum thereby allowing you to seep-in the beauty of the season.
Tips for Monsoon Ready Home
Do a Detailed Inspection of Your Home to Make it Ready for Monsoon
Just before monsoon sets in go around your house with a sharp hawk eye and
- Inspect and repair – doors and windows with gaps and loose hinges; and wooden doors. and windows which may swell during the rainy season and don’t shut properly.
- Repaint metal framed doors and windows to save them from rust and water leakages.
- Ensure that all water pipes and canals are flotsam and jetsam free.
- Opt for a precipitation covering over the rooftop so that the rainwater doesn’t overflow in.
Replace Heavy Carpets with Easy-to-Maintain Versions
Monsoons are not the time to showcase your exquisite designer furnishings and tapestry. For the simple reason that this season’s trademark dampness may wreak havoc with your exclusive carpets and rugs.
Moreover dirt on your feet, and mould and mildew in the constantly damp air can really mess with designer carpets and rugs. So the best solution is to roll them up and place them in plastic sheets to protect them from the adverse effects of this season.
The next step is replacing them with thinner, cheaper and easy-to-dry rugs that suit the season more. Options galore include – bamboo mats or dampness safe acrylic rugs for the floors. Likewise, get foot floor coverings at your doorstep to ensure that mud or slush are relegated to their rightful place viz. outside your dream house.
Do remember to clean and dry your rugs and carpets regularly.
Clean, Clean and Clean!
Your house becomes a breeding ground for bacteria and germs during monsoons so –
Purge the Drains Before the Rainy Season Starts
Choked drains and stagnant water are a breeding ground for mosquitoes and other germs. So remember to book the local plumber to check and disgorge all your drains before the onset of the monsoon. On another note, leaves along with plastics and dirt choke up the inlet of rainwater drains leading to flooding the terrace or sometimes even overflowing into the premises of the house. To avoid such untoward mishaps, do remember to have all inlets thoroughly cleaned not only before the onset of monsoon but also during the monsoon.
Wiring Check of Home to Make Your Home Monsoon Ready
Mitigate electrical malfunctions like short circuits by having all the electrical wirings checked; installing a voltage regulator; and plugging electrical sockets. In case of water leakage, the water easily travels along the concealed electrical conduits; so, if there is a history of leakage nears any switchboard, ensure to repair the same thereby arresting chances of any such leakages.
Properly Ventilate Your House to Get Rid of Moisture and Dampness
- Allowing fresh air to enter your home and help in diminishing the moistness.
- Making the most of the sun when it shines by leaving your doors and windows open.
- Switching on the fan in case you dry wet or moist clothes inside the house.
Protect Wooden Furniture
Protect your trendy and vintage wooden furniture, floor and furnishings from wet artefacts or fabric. Clean them either using a dry cloth or a vacuum cleaner (if allowed); in case they are very old then give them a polished look by varnishing them.
Reposition Your Plants
Green fingered souls need to move out their indoor plants to cut down on moisture content and insect breeding inside the house.
Waterproofing is the Way to Go to Prepare Your Home Monsoon
A smart pre-monsoon move would be waterproofing your house walls, both from inside as well as outside. Especially check vulnerable points like – window overhangs; window sills; etc. In case the life of the waterproofing is overdue say it’s been done 10-15 years back then it would be advisable to opt for a second round of waterproofing.
Gharpedia has given more detail for home waterproofing.
Additional Tips for Monsoon Ready Home
Some more practical tips to follow to keep your home warm, clean and safe during monsoons are –
- Ensure that entrants to your house wipe their footwear on the coir mat at the entrance thereby keeping your indoors clean.
- Decide a spot near the entrance to fix hooks for family members and guests to keep their wet rain coats and umbrellas.
- Replace those heavy dark window drapes with pastel organza ones in order to allow some light in. Not only will it add a dash of brightness to your dull space but it’ll dry faster as the material is sheer (as when windows are open the rain lash may wet the fabric).
- Add extra cushions in bright hues like red, green and pastels to give a bright and cosy tinge to your interiors.
- A major collateral damage of monsoons is laundry with practically every second house drying it on chairs and window sills! Mitigate this by fixing extra clotheslines in regular places like – passages, foyer, lesser used rooms et al.
- Offer a plastic chair or stool to dripping wet guests.
- Vanquish the musty smell of monsoon with incense sticks, scented candles and room fresheners.
- Cover all your documents – be it books, loose papers or magazines with plastic and store them in a place where they are least expected to get wet.
- Store door locks and other iron essentials in areas where they are not exposed to water.
- Keep your clothes safe during monsoons by – placing camphor balls and neem leaves between the folds of your clothes to protect them from silverfish and shape; sprinkling a couple of cloves between the clothes to keep bugs under control; keeping expensive clothes in a metal storeroom.
- Daily dry wipe your furniture to keep it dampness free.
- Inspect your gutters to ensure that water doesn’t back.
- Prune trees in your vicinity to reduce the risk of them crashing during the storm and damaging your house.
- Clear out the debris and make your yard squeaky clean.
- Check the terrace for any leakage and cracks and repair them.
- Fill the gaps between sliding windows by sealing them with rubber lining to prevent water from entering the rooms on a windy, rainy day.
- Put up wind chimes near the window and enjoy their light tingling and chiming.
- Replace your sombre crockery with vibrant coloured Chinaware to add a dash of colour to your dreary dining table.
- Clean the water pipes and replace rusted or broken drain pipes.
- Ascertain adequate storage of water in the overhead tank as in situations of long power cut or power failure pumps will not be able to operate resulting in water scarcity.
- Ensure that the sump pump in your basement is working properly.
- Be prepared for power cuts. In the absence of a backup inverter or generator, always keep candles, lantern and torch handy…and ensure that the lantern and torch are in working condition too!
- Stock up on basic necessities. A continuous wet spell of more than 3 days may disrupt the supply chain of essentials like milk, vegetables, grocery etc. thereby creating a havoc in your daily life.
- If you are located in a low lying or flood-prone area, always park your vehicle in a safe place to ascertain that you are not running around hunting for a dry place to park your two-wheeler while it’s raining cats and dogs!
- Those blessed with a basement need to double-check it for leakage. In case of a slightest possibility of a leakage, remove all those items which are likely to get damaged.
So go ahead bid adieu to the scorching summer and welcome the green and fresh tint which the monsoons ring in. Just follow above given tips for the monsoon ready home and ensure that your home stays safe, sterile, and serene during the season of the rains. In case we’ve missed out on anything do write into us.
Huta Raval – An English Literature and Journalism Topper, Huta Raval has graduated from the L D Arts College, Ahmedabad. Post serving for 23 years in the NBFC and Public Library Sectors her desire for ‘writing the unwritten’ brought her to the creative field of content writing. Her clientele comprises of NGOs, Blogging Platforms, Newspapers, Academic Institutions, et al.