How to take care of your house this monsoon

Home Protection from Monsoon

We like rains. What we don’t like is damp walls, smelly carpets and the fear of termites. So we thought why not give our readers what would help them the most at this time of the year – “Home Maintenance Tips for a Happy Monsoon”

At times the best solution to a problem is to avoid the problem itself. You cannot avoid monsoons but you can avoid its side effects that affect your house.

Here are few things that you must consider as the monsoon is almost knocking at the door.

Monsoons are a good time for maintenance and not enhancements

  1. Try to minimize moisture in the house by exposing rooms to more sunlight, using dehumidifiers and air conditioners.
  2. Exposing upholstery and rugs to sunlight to minimize overall moisture in the house.
  3. Ensuring cross ventilation to keep the rooms dry during rainy weather.
  4. Not painting/polishing the furniture as it would affect the outer surface of your furniture.
  5. If you have wooden flooring, getting it waxed would be a good idea.
  6. Avoid furniture near the windows to protect them from rain water.

Renovations and Monsoons don’t go well together

  1. Do not underestimate the smallest of the cracks. It would be a good idea to patch them up at the earliest.
  2. Get the window and door frames water-tight.
  3. Do not neglect the terrace. The terraces must be sloped between 1:100 to 1:150 towards the rain-water outlets.
  4. It would be a good idea to waterproof the horizontal surfaces and install proper rainwater pipes.

Walls need some extra care periodically to withstand monsoons. Rain water tends to seep through the walls because of the capillary action that takes place through walls, shafts and construction joints.

Hence, one needs to paint the exterior of the building every 5 years. If you are yet to do so, plan it now. Use waterproof emulsions that are available.

Engage professionals, an architect or structural engineer to check for structural weaknesses every four to six years.

Hope these tips are useful.

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Things to keep in Mind While Waterproofing your Washroom

Stylish Bathroom

    Washrooms are one of the most important parts of every construction project. They are no longer those secluded parts in the corner of the house, but instead are used as areas of leisure and relaxation. And it is quite obvious that bathrooms are the most prone to moisture related mishaps so special attention must be paid to waterproofing it appropriately. Here are some things to keep in mind as you supervise the waterproofing of your bathroom.

Bathroom Flooring

Flooring:

    Use antiskid tiles on the floor. It is always a good idea to use wide grout lines between the tiles and seal the grout lines annually, so that water doesn’t seep through them. Another important aspect of bathroom flooring is the uninterrupted slope towards the drain so that water doesn’t accumulate in pockets.

Bathroom Walls

Walls:

    The wall behind the shower panel, the part under the sink and the area behind the water closet, are most prone to mold and mildew, it is therefore a good idea to use tiles on the washroom walls as well. Use the Dr. Fixit Bathseal kit to protect your walls, floor, and sanitation areas.

Bathroom Ceiling

Ceiling:

    Ensure that your washroom ceiling is coated with waterproof paint so that it doesn’t absorb moisture.
Always ensure that there is enough ventilation and an exhaust fan in the bathroom so that moisture doesn’t stay. Also ensure that the joints in the plumbing and faucets are sealed properly; and, we repeat, the slopes on the floor direct the water straight to the drain.

    In fact, they Waterproofing is an extremely essential part of every construction project as the lack of it, or inadequacy of the same, can cause moulds to fester, seepage, and ultimately weaken the walls.

    Different types of waterproofing materials are used in the building industry. In order to obtain satisfactory performance, it is essential to apply the water-proofing treatment prior to laying the tiles and special care has to be taken to carefully preparing the building sub-surface so that it can receive the treatment as recommended.

    It is essential to ensure the water-tightness of the structures so that the flow of water from inside the structure to outside (in case of swimming pools), and the infiltration of water from the surrounding soil into the structure are effectively prevented.

    Have a look at our growing database of waterproofing products and have a look at some amazing bathroom images on our pinterest page to inspire you to start designing your dream bathroom today.