Are you prone to allergies and cold often?
Mold may be one of the reasons.
My son was so prone to cold in the house we lived until a year ago that I became immune after a while. “Good morning” in the household was replaced with “Is your throat ok?” for a few years because any morning he woke up with his throat hurting was an indicator of the pain in store for the next week. Running nose, fever, a dose of antibiotics. I was paranoid in keeping his room clean all the time – no dust specks etc., but there was a constant dampness that made me suspect allergies caused by mold. Touch wood, after a year of being cold-free in the new house, my suspicions have only grown strong.
While the fortuitous rains do wonders to the grim water situation in our cities, are our houses built to withstand the monsoon? Seepage is one of the oft-talked about issues by apartment owners and concerned home buyers. But, how does one know if there is a seepage issue in the house? To be honest, I did not know until months had passed that this was due to seepage. These are your tell-tale signs of seepage:
- Is the paint peeling or flaking?
- Is there a patch of dampness on the ceiling or walls?
- Do you see a mold formation on the walls?
- Any water patches inside cupboards even when there is no source of water?
If you answered yes to any of the above, then you have a seepage problem that must be immediately attended to.
Find out the top five reasons that lead to seepage in your home and how you can get them fixed:
Issues with internal plumbing: Do you neglect the drops of water that leak from the faucet, or taps in the bathroom? This is a primary reason for constant dampness in bathrooms. Similarly, if there is a crack in internal plumbing, water will travel until it finds a way to flow. That’s its natural property and you’ll be surprised to find water in places that have no bathrooms or taps close by.
Use Dr. Fixit Bathseal Sealant to seal the gaps between the tiles and sanitary fittings such as the commode, wash basin, and tub. Use Roff RTM Epoxy Tile Grout to fill the tile joints. Wrap the portion of pipes that are inserted through the walls and floors with Dr Fixit Bathseal Tape and seal the gaps around these pipe inserts with Dr Fixit Bathseal Grout.
Poor waterproofing: If you find patches of dampness on the walls or ceiling of your bathroom, then it is most likely because of poor waterproofing. Water gets through the masonry and seeps wherever it finds an outlet. When the situation gets worse, the dampness gives to water dripping from the ceiling.
Crack in the flooring: Cracks in the floor above yours can cause water to finds its way through the civil work for an outlet. Replace the cracked tiles, seal the gaps. I once discovered patches of water, note water and not dampness, inside my son’s cupboard. On further inspection, we traced the root cause to a crack in the floor in the apartment above ours. The water flowed their floor to the walls of the bedroom below before finding an opening where the cupboard was screwed to the wall. I was blown away!
Water accumulation on the roof: If you have a terrace, ensure the sloping is right and water does not stagnate at any part. Water accumulation weakens the structure with time leading to seepage. If you are considering waterproofing your terrace, then check out Fixit Roofseal which is a liquid waterproofing membrane.
Natural underground water: When there is a heavy rainfall, water tends to log as underground water beneath the structure. Ensure underground water is not rising into the plinth/foundation of your structure. You may waterproof your basement by applying Fixit Solyseal all over the plinth beam to prevent water rising the plinth to the higher levels.
Prevention is better than cure. For the good health of your house and its occupants, attend to any seepage issues prevalent in your home.