Healthy check of your home- check for dampness, cracks and leakages.
Monsoon is a season, which, though pleasing to the senses and feels beautiful, is a nightmare for home maintenance. Monsoon brings with it problems for the walls, doors and sometimes even the tiles of houses. Irrespective of whether the home is an apartment or a bungalow, irrespective of whether it is on the ground floor or the top floor, without frequent checks and proper care, homes are bound to be prone to a number of problems which then become incurable in the long run, thus resulting in increased expenditure for renovation of the affected parts.
This is why it is important to ensure that regular checks of the home are made and prompt action is taken for fixing the leakage problems. This reduces the need for unnecessary expenses and fixes the problem before it has taken deep roots into the foundation of the house.
Checking for dampness:
Damp walls can be detected by checking for surface discolouration. Yellowing material or black round or brown spots on the wall indicates an increased level of dampness. Dampness meters are also available. These devices when poked into the wall, determine the damp content in that particular surface. Peeling paint and a change in the wall texture is a clear indicator of dampness problems.
Damp walls are the ideal place for the growth of mould and powdery mildew. The more the dampness, the more fungal growth occurs. Fungus grows and destroys the inner parts of the wall and causes peeling of paint; destroying the wall.
Dr. Fixit Dampguard is the perfect solution for this problem. It is microbial resistant and non-toxic. Can be used as putty in the case of severe dampness & for filling cracks in damp walls.
Checking for cracks:
Cracks develop when there is moisture logging inside wooden structures. Doors, windowpanes, and wooden beams are prone to crack formation in monsoon. The most dangerous types are those that develop on the upper curvature of logs as they accumulate more moisture and cause further splitting of the log. Cracks also then further contaminated by fungal spores and other such particles, even insects. Wood also develops cracks in extreme dry conditions. If the cracks are over 0.25 inches wide, it will cause problems. The perfect way to solve this is to use
Dr. Fixit Crack X Paste. It dries quickly and gives you low shrinkage.
Checking for leakage:
Leaks from pipes and plumbing structures can cause water loss as well as destroy the walls around that area. Many leaks go undetected for a long time because the source of it is not visible. Water supply lines, toilets, pipes and tubs are some of the most common sources of leakage. Leakage of water weakens the walls surrounding the area and makes it prone to accidents like caving-in. It is necessary to identify the source of the leak and immediately seek out a plumber to fix it. Methods like closely listening to any hissing sound from pipe areas, or measuring the water pressure are some ways to detect leaks.
The sooner such problems are detected and solved, the better it is for the health of the house. It is also a wiser choice on the pocket and ensures a safe and healthy environment inside the home during monsoon.