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The monsoon season is a weather pattern that is particularly unique to our part of the world. The lashing of wind and rain, the continual wetness, and suddenly cool weather, also comes with a unique set of problems. Leaks, odours, damage—it’s no wonder that monsoon upkeep is a regular segment of coverage on beautifulhomes.com. We’ve listed out some of the many problems your home is likely to face and how to deal with them.

Begin with the basics:
1.    Place an umbrella stand at the entryway of your home. If you
       have an area outside your house, that would be even better.

2.    Ventilate your home by keeping windows open as much as
       possible. If you are worried about insects, use a mesh on the
       windows. This will reduce the damp and stuffy smell in the
       house and keep pests at bay.

3.    Use incense sticks or fragrant candles to beat any odours.

4.    If you have heavy curtains replace them with light translucent
       ones. This will allow more sunlight inside the house, which is
       always scarce in this season.

5.    Pack away artwork that isn’t sufficiently protected.

6.    Wrap up rugs and carpets. They get dirty easily and are
       difficult to clean in wet weather.

7.    Use a dehumidifier as this will help reduce the humidity levels
       inside the house.

8.    Place plants in the balcony or on a window sill instead of
       the bedrooms, because plants will add dampness and attract

Placing your indoor plants by the window will reduce the amount of humidity and moisture in your house. Image courtesy, Ksenia Chernaya/Pexels

9.    Eliminate all stagnant water, anywhere in or around the home.

10.    Mop floor with the addition of rock salt to the floor-cleaning liquid; this combination keeps pests away. 

Things to fix

Before the downpour takes over, it is very important to prevent as much damage as possible. Here are a few things you can fix before everything gets too wet.

1) Electric connections
Electric switches and wires must be secured from getting wet. Make sure to get loose wires, damaged switches, and other faults fixed. If electric boards are in areas where water could get in, then secure it completely with waterproof boxes.

2) Leakages
Figure out the exact problem, and then fix it. If there are any cracks in the wall, then get those fixed and sealed. Using a waterproof coating on external walls and waterproof paints on internal walls generally take care of this. Ideally, this should be done before the climate gets damp. You can take a look at Asian Paints waterproofing solutions here.

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3) Drains and pipes
Check for blockages everywhere. These spots are also popular mosquito breeding grounds. Seal off any possible leakages you spot. Fabseal can be used to repair small leakages in a variety of materials. Checking these throughout the season at regular intervals. Wild plants that grow around pipes deepen roots in the monsoon, disturbing the flow inside the pipe. So, pick off such plants by the root.

4) Doors and windows
Wooden doors and windows swell during the monsoon. This happens due to the natural tendency of wood to absorb moisture. This can be prevented with a strong layer of varnish or any protective finishing applied to the frames. Asian Paints has a wide range of wooden finishes. Take a look at the products here.

Add a rubber lining to avoid seepage of water through gaps in the door frame. This will also avoid it from swelling up. This step needs to be taken before the atmosphere becomes very humid. For metal-framed windows and doors, a fresh coat of paint will keep away the rust. The wide range of metal finishes by Asian Paints can be located here.

Things to protect and how
There are some things around the house that have face the wrath of the monsoon climate. This is how to protect everything:

Spacing out your furniture will ensure that there are no hidden spots for any fungus to form or grow. Image courtesy, Nest

1) Furniture
Space out the furniture, such that it sits away from the walls and other pieces so that there’s plenty of airways around everything. Top appropriate pieces with a coat of varnish or lacquer to ensure it doesn’t absorb moisture. Anti-rust spray can be used to protect metal furniture from rust. Wipe down furniture frequently, using a clean dry cloth. This will help avoid any fungus build up.

2) Clothes
Clothes catch an awfully musty smell in the monsoon. Don’t leave damp clothes in the laundry pile. Wash them immediately with a spoon of baking soda or vinegar added to the detergent. Let it all soak, then wash. Next, dry your clothes under a fan, the sun may not show up during the rains. Make sure clothes are completely dry before putting it away in the cupboard. Use camphor tablets or neem leaves to reduce moisture and protect everything inside the cupboard. Camphor can also be added to bookcases, jewellery boxes, and any other closed cabinet.

3) Electronic Gadgets
Phones are always exposed to moisture because we step out with it all the time. Use a strong plastic cover to protect your phone. If it still gets wet then, use this popular hack: immerse the gadget in a container of raw rice. The rice will absorb the moisture from the 

phone. Store other devices in secure waterproof covers when not in use. Unplug everything when not in use because voltage fluctuations can be very damaging. Also, use devices as often as possible, so that moisture doesn’t have the opportunity to set in.

4) Leather products
Leather is an easy target for fungi. Store leather away, covered in a clean cloth and kept in a dry area. Use a wooden shoe tree to retain the shape throughout. Occasionally brush or polish the shoes to avoid any fungus build up.

5) Footwear
Since footwear comes in contact with dirt and water the most, it is important to keep them protected. If they have caught some dirt, make sure to wash or scrape it off. Get the laces and insoles out and wash with a detergent in warm water. Then let them air dry. Keep your shoe rack organised and separate all footwear. Keep pieces of charcoal in your shoe cabinet; charcoal absorbs moisture and it will keep the area dry.


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