We all know that the monsoon weather has set in after a long period of harsh and unforgiving heat strokes of summers, but now it’s time to enjoy the rain and rejuvenate our spirits. Besides, rain is also an important resource for nature and helps in keeping our garden area in full bloom. However, while enjoying the season we should not forget that a lot of rain can become a serious cause of concern as it our homes can get severely damaged and eventually increase your expenses on repairs giving you hassles.
But to protect you from such scenario we are there to help you with all the possible tips that can help you in giving your home a secure protection. It’s true that exterior paint services and building maintenance services are some of the services through which the dangers can be averted and you can enjoy this monsoon season without any worries. But there is much more to it, which can be planned before the rainy season sets in.
Read on to find out some of the most useful tips that will certainly give you an informed understanding of every little thing and will help you in keeping your home secure from the heavy rains and moist winds:
Securing your home from outside is as important as securing it from inside in the harsh weather. Observe closely the condition of your roof and gutters to be able to assess whether there is any need for repair or not and it is a must to store all your garden furniture and accessories from getting damaged in the rain. Other measures which can be taken are:
Don’t wait for the heavy downpour to sneak through your unrepaired roof, because as the old aphorism says “Prevention is better than cure”, so repair your leaky roof through some simple measures. Besides, do take note of other problem areas, such as if any tile is missing from any wall or cracks are surfacing. Missing or broken roof tiles means your roof stands directly exposed to harsh climatic conditions.
Closely scrutinize your home for damage, aging and sagging and take professional help if required to repair damages or fill the gaps.
Ladder is a quite useful tool and we all use it in our homes, but avoid using it in monsoons to prevent any mishap from happening. Also, when you are using a ladder always give it a firm support; else ask someone in your home to hold it from the bottom.
Gutters are a significant element of our roofing system and the role of a gutter is of course to gather and funnel away water that is on our roof, extracting water from the building’s base, securing our exterior surfaces and preventing water from entering our homes.
We all know that if water makes way in our homes through walls and roofs, it can easily damage the wordwork, enabling the growth of moulds, allowing condensation and eventually leading to the erosion of brickwork. Damp patches begin to spread fast and health problems can become yet another cause of concern.
Make sure that the guttering outside your home isn’t leaking or broken and remove all debris or leaves that get collected in it and block the passage of water or heavy rain. If the problem is overlooked, then the gutter may overflow and will aggravate the problems.
The preventive measures that you can take in this regard are tight-fitting wire mesh or plastic caps which are available to repair almost every type of downpipe. They allow water to pass, but prevent dirt and leaves from entering.
As already mentioned above, the garden and power equipment can easily get spoiled in wet weather. So before the rain arrives, it’s better to store them at a dry place. And, if you have already bought a shed, but now want weatherproofing to be done, then it’s better to first check the roof condition for felting. If it looks damaged or worn out, then consider installing a new felt so that the tools and equipment of your garden along with the other appliances can be protected from rain.
If your barbecue is placed outside on the patio instead of being tucked away in the shed, then consider a cover for waterproofing. For best preventive measures, it is advised to store your barbecue at a safe place, such as in a store room or garage to prevent the occurrence of rust.
Last, but not the least is painting your exterior walls, which dictate the look of your home from outside to a greater extent. So if the paint already looks pale and dull, then it’s advised to get the walls repainted with quality waterproof paint for the outside. Another effective medium to get the walls painted is by treating them through water-sealant to create a more protective layer on the walls on the walls. This would not only ensure great looking walls, but also which are stronger to easily bear the impact of rain.
Once the outside of your home is secured, it’s time to shift your focus to the interiors of your home. Wondering if it would cost you unnecessary expenses and increase your hassles? Then, let’s inform you that the tips mentioned below are quite simple, which can be followed easily:
Scrutinize your roof from the inside too so that no problem persists. We’d like to recommend you to take a trip to your attic to become sure that there are no lurking issues. Following are the things that you should consider from inside:
If you stumble upon any of these above mentioned issues, then it becomes imperative to undertake immediate preventive measures or simply hire an expert.
When the monsoon weather arrives, it gives a sign that we’re entering into a phase of bad weather. Before you even realize the soft downpour that you enjoy will soon get transformed into gale force winds and thunder storms. So insulating tanks for hot water will enable you keep your water hot so that you can take a cozy bath after struggling with the changing weather conditions during monsoon.
But make sure that your heating system functions properly and if you have the slightest doubt then it’s advisable to get it serviced so that before the cold and windy weather arrives, you are already prepared.
We all know that electric wirings if not thoroughly checked for damage, especially during the monsoon weather can prove fatal for people living in that house. So before monsoon don’t forget to call your electrician and do a careful check of the wiring and other electrical connections. Make sure that all the worn out wires are replaced and other important electric points have been properly checked.
If this exercise of checking your electric wiring and points is done regularly, then it will not only save your house from catching fire, but your electricity bills too.
In addition to your exterior walls and roofs, also check the interior walls as well as ceiling, which can also allow the water to enter inside. Most often people get the walls painted for repair without realizing that it is first important to treat the walls with wall-care putty or any other similar type of waterproof solution to prevent every possible kind of seepage and chipping of paint. This will ensure a longer life of your walls. In case, you find some cracks visible, immediately get these cracks treated with cement or POP.
All these preventive care and measures will help you retain the beautiful look of your home and keep it secure from the monsoon weather.
It is also important to maintain the windows and doors of your home so that they can function smoothly in all the seasons of the year, especially during monsoons. If need be, get the repainting done of the window and metal frames. Hire a carpenter who can do this job efficiently so that doors and windows can remain damage free and last for a longer period of time.
Now the next important facet of your home that needs to be inspected is your basement. You can easily spot the signs of water leakage by checking your carpets, including the corners for any wet spot. Sniff your walls to check the growth of mildews and molds, particularly behind the walls. Take suitable measures to get rid of these unwanted things from your wall. You can take the help of a professional if the problem aggravates.
In the moist weather conditions, avoid cleaning furniture with a wet piece of cloth for the simple reason that it will then spoil your furniture. Effective cleaning agents that are suitable for your type of wooden furnishings are an ideal choice.
The air becomes moist in the rainy weather so much so that cockroach, insects, bugs and flies make way in your home, so use a cleaning agent every time you mop the floor and avoid dampness.
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