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Whether you’re a homeowner or you live in rented accommodation, dampness in the walls is a common problem that you often end up dealing with. In many parts of India, the monsoon can be a relentless force of nature, dampening the walls and your mood at the same time. While creating a completely waterproof home is something that needs to be addressed when the home is originally being constructed, there are a few things you can do to try and minimise the damage when it creeps into your space. Let’s take a look at a few tips for you to keep in mind when trying to waterproof your home.
Know your home: There are a lot of unexpected ways water can end up seeping into your house. The most important thing is to know your space inside out. For those of us out there that live in rented accommodation, it is best to inquire about the potential risks of dampness that already exist in the house you’re about to move into. Have a frank conversation with your landlord to get accurate information about the potential problems you can expect, whether it’s through the year or just during the monsoons. If you’re a homeowner, chances are that you know the ins and outs of your house very well. This makes you acutely aware of where water may end up collecting and what the high risk areas are that you need to watch out for.
Stagnant water woes: As you can well imagine, one of the biggest ways water ends up seeping into your home is when it is allowed to collect for prolonged periods of time. Now that you have a lay of the land and you know your surroundings well, check for these parts of your home that are susceptible to water retention. These could be unexpected pockets that collect on your roof or exist from angles created by the walls on the outside. Aside from the potential dampness related damages, stagnant water is a health hazard as well so it’s best to eliminate any such possibilities.
Gut the gutters: If you own a home or live in one that has a front or backyard, you will be familiar with the headaches of keeping the gutters clean. It cannot be stressed enough how important it is, since this is a major source of dampness crawling into the walls of your home. When gutters get clogged up with leaves or mould, the water that is meant to run through these and into the drains, ends up overflowing and dripping into unwanted territory.
Crack Attack: One of the most important elements in the fight against dampness is to maintain your vigilance. This means, keeping an eye out for areas where cracks have a tendency to form on the walls of your house. There are certain parts that are more susceptible to the creeping attacks of dampness like around the frames of your windows, around the doors that lead outside or are exposed to the elements of nature. Whenever you start to notice the cracks forming, take appropriate action by patching it up or giving the entire area a new paint job that will protect it from the rain and moisture. Another way to keep the cracks at bay is to ensure you do not plant anything close to these areas. Plants will lay roots that will go deep into the ground and sometimes will end up entering the walls from within, causing cracks and breaks in the surface.
When you start to notice the dreaded signs of seepage and dampness entering your home, the DIY approach can only take you so far. It is advisable to call in the experts before dampness ends up corroding your walls too much and causes unnecessary health concerns, or ends up costing you avoidable sums of money to fix. Get in touch with us today and book a free consultation so we can help resolve any dampness issues you may be having today, or would like to avoid having tomorrow.