The monsoon season with the welcome onslaught of the rains is expected to usher in lush greenery and provide a much needed respite from the heat.
Here are some tips to prepare your home for the wet season:
Always start from the inside out:
1) With the overcast skies and dull surroundings, the rainy season calls for a change in furnishings to bright and vibrant colours to help add cheer to the rooms. Additionally very light colours such as white and cream are very difficult to maintain during the muddy monsoon season.
2) If you have rugs and carpets, it is time to roll it away to protect it from mold and fungus that the constant dampness and increased humidity may cause.
3) Move your wooden and iron furniture away from leaky windows. Additionally you can spray then with a waterproofing solution to ensure that the dampness does not mar their beauty.
4) Sliding windows and balcony doors too should be checked and fixed with a rubber lining in case there is leakage.
5) You can also place door mats at the entrance of the house to avoid muddy shoes making the house dirty.
6) Indoor plants also tend to increase the dampness in your home, and during the rainy season, it is best if you put your plants outdoors.
1) If you live in villas or apartments in Bangalore, then before the rains start, you should do a thorough check of your roof for leakages, cracks etc. You can hire a professional agency for minor repairs and to clean and unclog the roof gutters to ensure that they drain the rainwater well. While doing this, also check the down pipes for leakage, clogging etc.
2) If the walls of your house have cracks, dampness or water rings, you can treat your cracks with a temporary treatment of plaster of paris. You can also opt for the damp block solutions to bridge cracks in the walls and avoid water seepage due to damp walls.
3) Prune your garden to avoid the growth of weeds. Overgrown foliage can be a breeding ground for several pests and insects.
4) If you live in an apartment complex, look for areas or items (cans, tyres) that may cause water to stagnate. Ensure that you clean them up or cover them to prevent it from becoming a breeding ground for malaria causing mosquitoes.
5) If you have a swimming pool in your apartment in Mumbai, lower the water levels, so it is less likely to overflow during heavy rain.
6) Hire a professional electrician to check outdoor electrical switches, especially if they will be exposed to rain water. This is a hazardous situation that can cause electric shock and the exposed switches should be immediately covered and water seepage fixed. Any damaged electrical cords should also be replaced without any delay.
Lakshmi Datta Arun for IndiaProperty.com