When it rains, it pours.
After the soaring temperatures of summer, the smell of fresh earth and the sound of pitter patter raindrops brings cheer on everyone’s faces. With the onset of monsoon, the only thing one misses about summer are the juicy mangoes. But, as much as we embrace monsoon with open arms, are our homes really prepared for the downpour?
In the recent years, streaks of worry are written all over my face once the monsoon sets in for I am never sure which part of the house will loosen our purse strings. Unexpected expenses because of cracks or seepage almost always happen during the rainy season. I’m being cautious this time around and preparing the home to protect it from any damage this monsoon.
Nine items on my list to prep a home before the monsoon:
Clean your drains: Unclog your drains of leaves and waste material. Check the water drain outlet on the terraces, garden, balcony and any open area. The build-up of water in the drain can cause the water to flow backward into your home causing damage. Clear the street drains as well of leaves, grass, and debris if you have one closer to your home.
Clean the window tracks: Seal any cracks in the window tracks. Showers accompanied by heavy wind may lash against windows. Any minor crack in the tracks is an open invitation for water to flow in.
Prune trees around the house: If you have overgrown trees around the house, the right time to prune them is before the onset of the monsoon. I had a lovely Frangipani in front of the home that stooped to the ground after two consecutive nights of heavy rainfall. With a heavy heart, I had to trim many branches.
Seal the gap underneath the doors: If you have a door opening to a balcony that gets wet during rains, check the gap beneath the door. You can seal the gap with a readymade strip that can be attached to the door, or paste a strip of granite to seal the gap. This will keep the water from entering the home and also keep insects at bay.
Check for mold and dampness: If there is dampness or mold in the internal walls, check the source of seepage and waterproof it before the monsoon. There is a wide range of products from Dr. Fixit for waterproofing. Monsoon months are typically long and postponing wall treatment will only aggravate the problem until next summer.
Inspect your basement: Often water from the higher floors gather in the basement. Inspect it for sources of water accumulation and seal the openings.
Is the sloping of your roof correct? I got a double layered tiled roof installed on the terrace as a cover for washing machine last summer. Turns out the sloping towards the end is not rightly inclined. This has led to water accumulation and white mold spots forming underneath. So, if you have a sloping roof where water accumulates, rectify it as prolonged water accumulation will eventually lead to seepage.
Waterproof exterior walls: External walls bear the brunt of extreme weather conditions. Seal any visible cracks with Dr. Fixit CrackX Shrinkfree.
Take care of your outdoor furniture: If you can’t move your garden furniture indoors, ensure they are treated with a coat of waterproof paint to protect them from the heavy downpour.
Have I missed any? What precautions are you taking to make your home monsoon ready?