How to Take Care of Your Home in Monsoon?
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After the scorching heat of the summers, we eagerly wait for the monsoon to arrive. The dark clouds, windy weather and the pitter patter send positive vibes. The fresh spells of monsoon rains are refreshing and it plays with our mood. The sweet smell of the mud, the fresh leaves of the trees and the plants turning out greener after a good bath in the rains gives us a soothing effect. After the excessive heat in summer, there is a cry for water everywhere, for nothing can survive without water. Then the clouds bring showers. Ever imagined life without rain? Without rain this lovely earth would turn into a desert. Rain has been described as the link between heaven and earth. Birds, animals, plants and human beings all welcome the rainy season because it gives them the much-needed relief! Monsoon turns the entire dry land into beautiful green coloured picturesque landscape. The season gives a new life to the earth.
We either tune to romantic music, or go out to enjoy the rain showers, and it feels awesome to go for a walk carrying a colourful umbrella. It is the season of an umbrella and waterproof raincoats. People may use that all for protecting them from wet. For young, it is all about romanticism and for kids, it is all about enjoyment. The young folks and kids are happier as they love playing in the rains and in the puddles of water. The elders love watching the kids enjoying by the roadside, making wonderful paper boats and leaving them into a nearby stream of water or splashing muddy water on each other and enjoying without any botheration. The monsoon with itself brings a craving for delicious food. Beverages, samosa, pakora, vada pav, corn, chaat (Indian Food) are the best part of the rainy season. They make us love these days. The elders savor upon hot coffee with crunchy fried fritters and snacks.
The monsoon is awesome and welcoming for the first fortnight, after that it becomes boring especially for the homemakers because there are a lot of problems and troubles associated with continuous rain.
With the advent of monsoon, there is an unusual odour in the home, garden and wardrobes, which can be a havoc. Different types of insects and pests surface out and the snakes are seen changing their hiding places in the monsoons. Snakes reside in dry hollow holes and in monsoon, when the holes get filled with water, they leave their shelters in search of a new hideout and sometime, they may walk into our home.
Monsoon proves scary when the house is full of filthy odour, mosquitoes, flies, pests, moss, moulds and fungus, etc. In the rainy season, there are air borne diseases and water borne diseases which pose serious health threats. Rainy season facilitates the bacterial, home insects, fungal growth too. The road is littered with wet garbage and the potholes are filled with dirty water. Since there is a problem of water logging during the rainy season, mosquitoes get favorable conditions to breed. Soon, our positive vibes seems to appear threatening and we don’t want to ply on roads…and if we have to, we are left with hardly any choice!
According to ‘Kokilaben Dhirubai Ambani Hospital & Medical Research Institute’ you have to be very cautious of these monsoon diseases, cold, cough, running nose and flu are common problems of this season that attack children faster due to the fluctuating temperature. Amongst the waterborne diseases, dysentery is the biggest problem apart from the fact that diseases like Malaria, Hepatitis, cholera, typhoid etc. spread widely and faster during this season. People with low immunity get easily caught up during monsoon ride. Hence, they need to be more careful during this season.
It is required for us to be over cautious during monsoons for our health and wealth, both. 😛 (smiley)
How to Take Care of Home (in Monsoon)?
Home is the mirror of our personality and it speaks volumes about the dwellers. It is a place where we find solace and peace, and, feel happy to be around with our family. Naturally, we require going extra mile to take care of our home in monsoon.
If you are a bachelor and staying in a rented place or even though you own an accommodation, you have to take extra care in monsoon and ensure staying in clean and hygienic house. It is better to clean the home everyday instead of keeping the task of cleaning for the weekends. Regular cleaning takes less time and keep the area clean and sparkling, emitting positive vibes.
01. Set Electrical Points in Order (before Monsoon Rains)
Prior to rainy season, we should make sincere efforts to check all the electrical points, wiring, and plugging sockets; see to it whether drains cracks are all checked, serviced/repaired and electrical boards are in shape. If there are issues, then such issues must be treated on priority basis, so that in monsoon, we do not get caught up in adversity.
Negligence in maintaining electrical wiring can be fatal or at least it will force you to leave without power in initial days due to some breakdown.
Damaged electrical sockets and wiring should be addressed before the advent of the rains. It is safe for the users. For more details refer our electrical safety tips for monsoon.
It is better to get the things inspected properly by the home maintenance technicians. They can rule out the shortcomings and repair accordingly.
02. Clean Drains before Rains
- Drains should be cleaned so that it is not clogged in heavy rains. This is the most important task you need to do or else they will disrupt the garbage flow and overflow will create nuisance or damage in our surroundings. Dirty garbage will attract mosquitoes and flies and thus, will perturb health of all. Check jalis on top of drain pipes. If there is dirt, plastic or leaves of trees clean it, otherwise the same things will chock the drains. Check the drains of rooftop so that the water of heavy rains does not accumulate on rooftop.
Also Read: Causes of Leakage in Buildings
- Take the help of plumbing technicians and get the water outlet pipes connected to the municipal corporation connection. If the manhole collection rain water from your compound or the gutter is chocked due to leaves, dust, papers and plastics, it can be a nightmare in case it rains heavily and suddenly during the night as water might enter your home. Hence it is very essential to clean it thoroughly. It will be safer for you as the water won’t overflow and scatter in the compound and it will be easy to take walk around.
- The ignored area is the canopy, and the protruded chajjas without spouts. Most of the dirt accumulated on them. Clean them thoroughly with a hard metal brush so that no dust or waste retains. If it is not cleaned, water will accumulate in monsoon and seep in the adjoining walls thereby damaging your paint and walls.
Also Read: Various Defects that usually Occur in House
03. Check Doors & Windows (Because of Moisture in Air)
The wood swells in rainy season due to moisture laden in air. Due to the swelling, the doors and the windows do not lock properly. Request a close scrutiny by a carpenter and get it repaired so that the home is spared from rain water being splashed inside home in case of heavy rain and storm. Get the locks, bolts and hooks checked and if replacement is required, get it done. Also see that all the eyes and hooks of the windows are in working condition. And if you have sliding window, check that they close properly. In a season like such, you will not be able to keep window open. You might feel suffocated as you will have to keep them closed.
04. Treat Your Affected Areas in Monsoon
- Get the cracks treated treated so that there is no leakage inside the house or in the basements in case of apartment or a society.
- Hollow crevices should be covered so that there is no place for the reptiles to coil in and pose threat to the dwellers.
- Correcting roof leakages, if any.
- The most important maintenance check that a prudent house owner must do is to repair the source of leakage particularly from terrace or other vulnerable areas like joint between chajjas and wall, joints of aluminum window frames and walls or sills and jambs. All these must be attended by skilled agency before the onset of Monsoon.
- If you have a rain water harvesting system, recharging your bore well. Please make sure that you clean all the filter beds in the system. Also clean the terrace / slopping roof, so that the dust etc., on the terrace will not chock your filter beds. Also remember to set your valves in such a way that the rain water from the terrace during first rain is not led to the bore well but is led to other storm water drain.
- If there is any slippery flooring or wet area where the moss has grown, please treat it in a way, so that one does not slip over the same.
05. Terrace Level Difference
‘Shri Mahadev Desai’ (CMD of Sthapati Designers & Consultants Pvt. Ltd., a leading multi-disciplinary consultancy firm in India) says that, in most of the houses or even in apartments, the common detailing mistake that occurs, is the terrace slab and the slab of the staircase cabin i.e. the top step of the staircase is kept at the same level. Actually, the last step should be 150 mm or 6” higher than the terrace slab so that when you do water proofing, the level of the terrace will not go above stair cabin / step level. When this procedure is not followed, the terrace actually comes at a higher level. And you do some threshold work with stone or make some other arrangement, so that the water from the terrace does not enter the house. This is a very serious mistake and if it is there in your house you must attend it and correct it immediately, so that you solve the problem not only for this monsoon but for all monsoons to come.
As a homemaker, your responsibility doubles in monsoons. You are required to be extra careful because germs breed faster in rainy season.
Bring few amendments in your home routine to keep your place clean and germ free.
Buying Guide for the Rainy Season
01. Take out & find Umbrella & raincoats from your storeroom. Show them some sunlight if possible so as to get off the typical odour it carries for being unused for those longer months.
02. Buy branded raincoats for yourself and family members who sneak out in rains regularly. Carry them along with you even if it is not raining. Rains are unpredictable.
03. Check your umbrellas beforehand and if it requires repair or replacement, do it on priority basis.
04. Get colourful raincoats and umbrella for school going kids. Kids love colours as such and they would happily wear and carry them, while going for the school.
05. Coving your vehicle during monsoon is very essential. Check for the covers of your vehicles, if they are in store room. Take them out and show some sunlight to them. If you do not have such cover, please buy one. Covers take care of the vehicles stranded in open during office hours. It is always advisable to cover your vehicles when they are parked. If left uncovered, the moisture in the air rusts the external metal parts of the vehicle.
06. Get your emergency light or inverter checked. There are more instances of power outage and these stuffs will help you out in case of sudden power failure. If it requires replacement or repair, get it done before the pitter patter.
07. Store some candles and match boxes too in case of emergency when your gadgets do not tend to work. Candle can light your home. You can go for scented candles; it is available in various designs and fragrance. Opt for the one that fits into your budget. Using solar lanterns will remind you of old times and shall make you feel proud of supporting green movement.
08. Buy cloth rails and use inner space such as bathroom, head on the washing machine space to tie and dry your clothes. Sun will be on holiday so you require space inside the home where you can spread out damp and washed clothes. It is a challenging task in case of continuous rain. Ample cloth stands are available in the market; bring one analyzing your space and utility. If your clothes get wet, do not sit in an AC environment. Change them immediately.
09. Thus, make every possible arrangement and mechanism handy as well as ready for drying your clothes during monsoon.
Also Read: Best Tips for Drying Clothes Indoors!
Dos & Don’ts in Monsoon
- Place shoe rack on the entrance and ask people to leave their footwear on the stand before entering the house. A lot of your time and energy will be saved behind cleaning the floors as footwear carries most of the dirt and mud.
- Clean yourself properly before entering the house and ensure the same for all the dwellers.
- Get rid of wet clothes as soon as you enter the house and change into dry cotton clothes.
- Use good quality disinfectants to clean the house and to keep the house free from unwanted mosquitoes, insects and flies.
- Allow fresh air to enter the home premises. Do not lock the doors and windows. Keep it open so that the fresh air circulates and wards off foul smell from the house.
- Do not keep the floor wet. Wipe it with absorbing mopper. Wet floors can be hazardous and risky. You or any anybody can slip and get hurt. Further, wet floors facilitate the moulds, germs and fungus to grow.
- Clean washrooms regularly with strong disinfectants and use exhaust to ward off foul smell and keep the area dry. Wipe the taps and showers dry, they are best breeding ground for the molds and germs to develop and pose health risks. Clean with bleaching powder once in a week so that the germs and bacteria don’t develop.
- Clean clutter and dispose all the garbage around. Such places are the best places for the mosquitoes and insects to breed.
- Get the open area cleaned by bleaching powder and lime. It will clear the dampness of the floor, clean grasses and other growth. Thus, it will be safe to walk on. Clean these places periodically throughout the rainy season.
- Take extra care of your pet so that the pet and the dwellers are free from any infections. Animals easily catch infection in rainy season. Keep them clean. Dry your pet paws daily after stroll. Use good pet soaps and shampoos to keep them free from ticks and fleas.
- Clean your kitchen tops, chimney & table tops with salt and vinegar after preparing the meal to ward off insects and flies. These are the great carriers of germs and diseases in the rainy season.
In spite of following this regular regimen, you still require extra time for cleaning house every week. It not only lessen the burden but makes it a joyful task if all family members willingly coordinate and cooperate to make the cleaning job easy and leave the home squeaky clean. After all, it is everyone’s home!! Dust and clean all the corners and crevices of the house.
Monsoon season can be a joy if the above-mentioned tips are religiously followed thereby making our dwelling place the best place!! Clean surroundings give rise to clean and clear thoughts and we are blessed with positive vibes.
Indulge in playful activities with kids at home and let them enjoy rainy season to the fullest.
Well quoted by ‘Rajuda’ – “Rain clouds come floating in, not to muddy my days ahead, but to make me calm, happy and hopeful.”
Have a Happy Monsoons!!!!
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