Tips to prepare your home for the monsoons

[] As the long awaited rains finally descend on us, we give you some quick and easy tips, to keep your home monsoon ready

The monsoon season is a time for home owners to make some changes to their homes, to guard against small/big damages. India is predicted to have normal monsoon rains in 2020. However, as we cheer the arrival of the monsoon, no laxity should be shown towards guarding our homes against the exposure to water and moisture as it may be detrimental. This is particularly true for those living in areas prone to heavy rains.

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Rain-proof the exteriors

Tips to prepare your home for the monsoons

Let us begin with the exterior of your home first, as this is the part that would directly be exposed to the rains and this is where potential seepages would make an entry inside the house. In the rainy season, moisture accumulated in the ground can rise above. Eventually, moisture seeps through the exteriors of the house and causes damp patches on the internal walls. Aside from the fact that these patches are actually impacting the health of your home, these would also make the home smell poor, cold, damp and invite fungi.

You should first check for any cracks or damages that might be visible in the exterior walls and fix it immediately. Another effective way to prevent seepage, is to use water-proof paints on the exterior walls. Over time, you would need to re-paint the exteriors. Owners of homes with large open spaces, should also make sure there is no blockage of drains in case of a downpour and that the rainwater can drain freely.

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Rain-proof the terrace

Tips to prepare your home for the monsoons

The terrace is as much exposed to the elements of nature as the exterior walls and plays an equally important role in safeguarding your house. As most homes in India have flat roofs, it is important to ensure that the rain water drains smoothly. The first step towards waterproofing your roof/terrace would be to make sure it is clean and that water does not accumulate anywhere when it rains. To keep the terrace relatively clean, one should trim the trees close by.

Another way to stop seepage, is by applying multiple layers of elastomeric coating on the roof. Apart from protecting it against water, this coating will also insulate it, preventing loss of heat from inside the building.

Tips to prepare your home for the monsoons

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Fix blockages in drainage pipes

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Tips to prepare your home for the monsoons

A proper drainage system is important, to ensure that there is no waterlogging in any area of the house. Aside from ensuring there are no blockages with the house’s drainage system, also make sure the storm water drains outside the house are not blocked by silt or debris. Typically, the civic authorities in your area should take care of this. If this has not happened, register a complaint and get the work done on a priority basis.

Check electrical wiring and appliances

Tips to prepare your home for the monsoons

A majority of mishaps that involve electricity, take place during the rainy season. Consequently, home owners should ensure that power cables do not come in contact with water. This is where earth leakage circuit breakers come into picture, as it safeguards against electrocution and electrical shock.

Get all of your faulty electric sockets and equipment fixed in time. Note that when exposed to water and moisture, circuit breakers, fuses, socket outlets, plugs and switches can malfunction. Try not to fix them on your own. It is not advisable to operate equipment that runs on electricity, in the rain or on wet grass. Within your home, never use electrical items, especially water coolers, with wet hands.

Rearrange the kitchen

Tips to prepare your home for the monsoons

This is another area which would require your particular attention during the rainy season, as some of the food items in the kitchen have a greater chance of going bad. Storage assumes key importance at this point. Airtight jars always help and so does the use of glass jars, in place of plastic containers. On bright days, you may like to sun-dry grains and pickles, to avoid infestation by worms of fungi. The kitchen should have no damp areas.

To remove funny odours from the kitchen cabinet, just leave an open container carrying freshly ground coffee inside the closet.

Tips to prepare your home for the monsoons

Change the curtains

Tips to prepare your home for the monsoons

Let as much sunlight enter your house as you can, to keep it moisture-free during the rainy season. For this, and to get a better view, replace dark, heavy and opaque curtains with light, sheer and transparent ones.

Protect your furniture against moisture

Tips to prepare your home for the monsoons

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All wooden things in the house tend to react adversely to humidity and moisture, which are typical of the rainy season. Aside from making your precious articles of furniture lose their shape and form, these conditions would also make them vulnerable to termites and pests.

To protect furniture against the humidity and moisture:

  •         Apply a fresh coat of varnish/lacquer to prevent the wood from swelling.
  •         Keep wooden furniture at least six inches away from the wall.
  •         Buy a humidifier to keep the temperature and dampness in check.
  •         Do not clean the furniture with a wet cloth.

Rearrange the storage cabinets

Tips to prepare your home for the monsoons

In case you have wooden cabinets at home, it can be similarly vulnerable to moisture and humidity. All the above-mentioned remedies should be applied, for the upkeep of cabinets, as well.

Over time, an odour can start to emanate from fabrics that have been lying unused for a long time. While the cabinets should be rearranged to protect your precious linen and silk from getting harmed, natural protection in the form of pouches containing camphor and cloves, can be kept at various places in the cabinet, to fight the odour.

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Get rid of unpleasant odours

Tips to prepare your home for the monsoons

A common complaint in the rainy season is the musty smell that overtakes the house, along with mildew. There are various homemade remedies to get rid of this smell.

  • Lemongrass oil can effectively get rid of musty smells in the living and bathroom areas. Mix it with water and use a vaporiser to get the best results.
  • Put vinegar into a spray bottle and use it as an air freshener.
  • Mix one part of hydrogen peroxide with two parts water. Spray the mix in the affected area.
  • The neem (margosa) leaves can save your clothes from fungus and bad smell.
  • Baking soda and rock salt are equally effective in ridding your home of rancid smells.

Invest in quality doormats

A good quality doormat is a must during this season, to keep your house clean and dry. Keep door mats that absorb moisture and dust well, at all entry and exit points, to make sure you do not carry these into the house. Invest in non-plastic, textured ones, so that it catches all the dirt and water.

The room/ area where you store your raincoat, shoes, umbrellas, etc., must also be kept clean at all times, to avoid accumulation of moisture and dirt.

Tips to prepare your home for the monsoons

Quick tips

  • Refurbish small pieces of furniture with a fresh coat of paint, or with vibrant wallpaper.
  • Use bright colours for the upholstery or furnishings, to overcome the gloomy atmosphere outside.
  • Do not leave drenched clothes unattended for a long time.
  • Only dry-clean things during the monsoon.


How to prevent seepage during the monsoon season?

Home owners can prevent seepage from the external walls by fixing any cracks in the surface and by using a waterproof paint for the exteriors.

How can I keep the home interiors moisture-free during rains?

Home owners can keep the home moisture free, by allowing ample sunlight into the house and by using a humidifier to regulate the moisture levels indoors.

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Debora Berti

Università degli Studi di Firenze, IT

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