Monsoon in Kerala is a season we all eagerly wait for. When the refreshing rains arrive after the scorching summer, it brings a lot of joy and bliss. It is a time when we enjoy watching the rains with a hot cup of coffee. The earthy smell, cool climate, and wonderful views of nature make us fall in love with this season.
However, monsoon is also a time when our homes need some extra care as excess water falling on the walls often causes issues like cracked walls, paint peeling off, damp patches, water seepage, etc. These damages can persist even after the season gets over. The growth of mold and fungus will also cause health issues in children and adults alike. All these monsoon spells can be prevented with a few simple precautionary measures.
Here are some useful tips to protect the walls of your home during monsoon:
Check for wall cracks
The first and foremost step you must take to prevent wall damages during monsoon season is to check for cracks on walls, ceilings, doors, or windows. Continuous rain can worsen these existing cracks leading to water leakage in the house. Water seepage occurs when there is damage in the internal plastering or painted surface. Smaller hairline cracks can be easily mended using filler or plastering material. However, if you find a bigger crack, it is always advisable to seek professional help to fix it. Gaps or cracks in the doors or windows can cause excess water to get inside your house. So it is recommended that you get these fixed as early as possible.
Choose Water Resistant Paint
Many homeowners do not give much importance to using good quality wall paints. Using poor quality paint on the house exterior surfaces can cause water seeping in through the concrete layers. This will lead to deterioration of the wall surfaces and will cause structural defects. So it is ideal to paint the exterior house walls with a good quality water-resistant paint prior to the onset of the monsoon season. Silicon-based waterproof paints available in the market are a good choice for this purpose. Waterproof paint can also help to avoid the formation of wall cracks and damages on plastering. Thus we recommend you invest in superior quality water-resistant paint for your home. Another important point to note is that painting your house wall during the rainy season is useless. It is ideal to get the walls painted during the summer season well before the onset of monsoon.
Waterproof the roof & walls
Water seepage from exterior walls and roofs can be prevented by applying waterproofing coats. This layer will provide extra protection during the rainy season and stop the absorption of water onto the walls. Damp walls are highly prone to damage and fungal growth. Similarly, if you are living in a villa or an independent house, the roof needs some extra care and protection as it is heavily exposed to rains. Ideally, you should get a waterproof coating done for the roof so that water does not seep in and cause leakage.
Use Wall Putty for Interiors
If you are wondering how to protect your interiors walls from the rains, here is what you can do. Wall putty or white cement is an excellent material that you can use to protect your walls from water damage. Wall putty is usually applied before the application of wall paint. It is ideal to use on interior walls to prevent water seepage as this material absorbs water without causing swelling. Wall putty provides an extra layer of protection for the walls. Applying wall putty also gives a good finish to the wall surface making it look smooth and attractive. Walls covered with wall putty will be more resistant to water damage and remains intact for a long time.
Ensure Proper Water Drainage
Improper functioning of the drainage system in your house can also lead to dampness on the walls. Check for leakage in drainage pipes and water tanks placed on the roof. These drainage pipes get overfilled with rainwater during this season. Hence if you notice any broken pipe or leakages, seal it immediately. To avoid the accumulation of water, regularly clean the drain holes that may get clogged with leaves and other debris.
If you need professional advice or assistance, feel free to get in touch with our experts. We hope that you found this information useful. Monsoon is a season to indulge in the beauty of Mother Nature. Let us all stay at home, be safe, and enjoy nature’s bounty.
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