Monsoons are beautiful. The weather becomes pleasant and rain brings a certain amount of joy among us. Tea, coffee with hot fritters, along the window side with a view of beautiful rain drops dripping down the window panes is priceless! We all love monsoons but it comes with a set of terms and conditions. From health to home, special care has to be taken especially, home care is very crucial during the monsoons. Following are a few tips to keep your home prepared for the harsh rains.
Before the monsoons hits, make sure to get your roof fixed in case there is any damage. Leakages, breakages must be repaired on priority unless you want your home to be filled with water. Damaged roofs also lead to water seepage leaving patches on the wall on the first pour itself. If this is taken lightly, damage to household things like electronic items, crockery is bound to happen due to leakages.
The chances of termite attack in homes increases during rainy season. The dampening of walls during rains cause damage to furniture which leads to termites. It is best to get your home tested for termites. Termite control spray should be used in case even a single termite is spotted. It can also be sprayed as a preventive measure. Special care needs to be taken if you have wooden flooring. The floor can be waxed which absorbs moisture.
The first thing that gets affected due to rains is the exteriors of the house. After rains you might notice dullness on the exteriors of the house building. This is because generally the heavy rain washes out the paint. To avoid this, waterproof paints can be used. It is best to use this and is cost effective before the monsoon sets to avoid whitewashing the house frequently.
Safety measures for the electric system:
A thorough check should be done to the electrical system of n by a trained electrician in the electrical grounding system. Make sure to properly cover the joints and ensure quality wires for the household electrical items. If your electricity box is near the window or at a place where it might get wet, cover it with a plastic and keep it closed at all items.
Avoid rugs & carpets at home:
It is best to avoid anything fancy things during the monsoons. The chances of it getting spoilt increases because of the rains. Carpets and rugs get spoilt due to moisture and become smelly. Store them till the monsoons are over. Also avoid drapes that are heavy. It is extremely difficult for them to dry during monsoons if they get wet.
A few changes in the décor can help you easily sail through the monsoons. Use neutral or brown coloured mats that camouflage mud stains. It is best to have non-slip door mats at the entrance for safety and cleanliness.
You can infuse colour in your home. Avoid the gloominess of the weather by using colourful things like cushions and bedspreads in your décor.
Few other things to keep in mind:
- Try to avoid anything made of paper or cardboard during monsoons. If it gets dampened it might retain moisture and due to excessive moisture they easily get spoilt. If at all you have cardboard boxes at home, do not keep them on the floor. Place them at a higher altitude to avoid spoilages.
- Do not shut the windows! Even though it is advised to shut the windows when it is raining, open the windows to allow daylight inside the room. It reduces humidity and removes dullness inside the home. . Also, it removes the bad odour from home. Spread Silica gel powders in cupboards and drawers. They are essential moisture absorbers. If you couldn’t get silica gels, a simple alternative for these would be neem leaves. Spread a few leaves in your cupboard to avoid smelly clothes. Use a layer of paper to avoid neem leaves contacting the clothes.
Monsoons are beautiful and enjoying them without worries is all what we wish for. It is better to follow few preventive measures to avoid major consequences to our homes due to rains. Following the above basic tips can be very helpful. If you have any points to add, please do let us know. We will be happy to share with our viewers. Happy Monsooning!