Prepping The House Before Monsoon
The monsoons bring a cool respite from the hot summers, but they do come with their own share of issues. As the rains intensify, your home keeps you dry and protected by bearing the brunt of the inclement weather. But if you don’t take adequate measures to protect your home, you’ll soon notice seepage stains on the walls and ceiling. In extreme cases, rainwater may trickle through cracks in the wall and fall through the ceiling. To keep this from happening, here are a few measures you need to take.
Check your roof
Inspect your roof for cracks or holes through which water may seep in. If you notice any cracks, have a professional patch up the holes and cracks with waterproof materials. You ill also need to check your rain gutters and drainage pipes. Get rid of leaves and other material that may have clogged these. This will ensure that the water flows away from the roof and does not collect there.
The roof, external walls and internal walls of wet areas like bathrooms need to be waterproofed at regular intervals. The frequency with which this needs to be done depends on the amount of rain your area receives. In places that receive moderate amounts of rain, you may want to waterproof your home once in 5 years. However, in places that receive heavy, constant rain, this may need to be done every year or every other year. Always choose high-quality waterproofing materials and get a professional to handle the task.
Humidity levels go up dramatically during the monsoons. Drying clothes and linen can be very difficult during this time. Hence, it best to sun everything out before the onset of the rains. Replace heavy drapes with light curtains that allow light and air to come in.
If you’re building your own home, you can start prepping for the monsoons from the construction stage itself. Instead of clay bricks that absorb water, use AAC blocks. Magicblox by Magicrete is lightweight, mold-resistant, insulating and waterproof. Since these blocks are larger than bricks, a wall constructed with them also has fewer joints. These blocks can be installed with block joining mortar that is stronger and easier to work with than traditional cement. Moreover, by using thermally insulated AAC blocks, you will not only protect your home from rains but also keep summer heat and winter chills at bay.
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