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 good time to make improvements to your houses to protect them from minor and major damage. In 2021, India is expected to experience average monsoon rainfall. However, although we welcome the advent of the monsoon, we must exercise caution in protecting our dwellings from water and moisture exposure, since this may be harmful. This is especially true for people who live in locations where severe rains are common. 

Rain-proof the exteriors 

Let's start with the outside of your home because this is the area that will be immediately exposed to the rains and where any seepages will enter the house. Moisture collected in the ground during the rainy season might surge above. Moisture eventually seeps in through the house's exteriors, causing damp spots on the inside walls. Aside from the fact that these spots are bad for your home's health, they also make it smell bad, make it chilly, wet, and encourage fungus. 

You should initially inspect the external walls for any apparent cracks or damage and repair them as soon as possible. Using water-resistant paints on the external walls is another efficient technique to avoid seepage. The exteriors would need to be repainted over time. 

Rain-proof the terrace 

The patio is just as vulnerable to the weather as the external walls, and it performs an equal role in protecting your home. Because most Indian dwellings have flat roofs, it is critical to ensure that rainwater drains properly. The first step in waterproofing your roof/terrace is to ensure that it is clean and that water does not collect in any areas when it rains. It's a good idea to keep the trees close by trimmed to keep the terrace looking tidy. 

Applying numerous layers of elastomeric coating to the roof is another technique to prevent seepage. This coating will not only protect it from water but will also insulate it, reducing heat loss from the inside of the structure. 

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Fix blockages in drainage pipes 

A good drainage system is essential for preventing waterlogging in any part of the property. Make sure the stormwater drains outside the home are not clogged by silt or debris, in addition to ensuring the house's drainage system is free of obstructions. The city authorities in your region should typically handle this. If this has not occurred, file a complaint and have the job completed as soon as possible. 

Check electrical wiring and appliances 

The bulk of electricity-related accidents occur during the rainy season. As a result, homeowners should avoid allowing electrical wires to come into contact with water. Earth leakage circuit breakers are useful in this situation because they protect against electrocution and electrical shock. 

Make sure that all of your defective electrical outlets and equipment are repaired as soon as possible. Circuit breakers, fuses, socket outlets, plugs, and switches can all fail if they are exposed to water or moisture. Avoid attempting to repair them on your own. It is not a good idea to use electrical equipment in the rain or on damp grass. When using electrical appliances in your house, especially water coolers, never use moist hands. 

Rearrange the kitchen 

This is another area that requires special attention during the rainy season, as certain of the kitchen's food products have a higher risk of going bad. At this stage, storage becomes quite important. Airtight jars, as well as the usage of glass jars instead of plastic containers, are always beneficial. To minimise fungus infection, sun-dry grains and pickles on bright days. There should be no wet places in the kitchen. 

Simply place an open container with freshly ground coffee inside the kitchen cupboard to eliminate strange odours. 

Change the curtains 

Allow as much light into your home as possible to keep it dry throughout the rainy season. Replace dark, heavy, and opaque drapes with light, sheer, and translucent ones for this and a better view. 

Protect your furniture against moisture 

Humidity and moisture, which are typical of the rainy season, have a negative effect on all wooden items in the house. These circumstances will not only cause your valuable pieces of furniture to lose their shape and form, but they will also leave them prone to termites and vermin. 

• Apply a fresh layer of varnish/lacquer to prevent the wood from expanding to preserve furniture from humidity and moisture. 

• Wooden furniture should be kept at least six inches away from the wall. 

• Get a humidifier to keep the temperature and humidity under control. 

• Do not use a damp towel to clean the furniture. 

Rearrange the storage cabinets 

If you have wooden cabinets in your house, they are also susceptible to moisture and humidity. All of the aforementioned solutions should be used for cabinet maintenance as well. 

Fabrics that have been sitting unused for a long time might develop an odour over time. While the cabinets should be changed to preserve your valuable linen and silk, natural protection in the shape of pouches containing camphor and cloves may be put in various locations throughout the cabinet to combat the smell. 

Get rid of unpleasant odours 

The musty smell that pervades the house during the rainy season, combined with mildew, is a typical complaint. To get rid of unpleasant odours, you can use a variety of natural treatments. 

• Lemongrass oil may be used to get rid of musty odours in the living room and bathroom. To achieve the greatest effects, combine it with water and vapourise it. 

• Fill a spray bottle with vinegar and use it as an air freshener. 

• Combine one part hydrogen peroxide and two parts water in a mixing bowl. In the afflicted region, spray the mixture. 

• The leaves of the neem (margosa) tree help protect your garments against fungus and unpleasant odours. 

• Baking soda and rock salt are both good in removing odours from your house. 

Enjoy this monsoon by having a sip of tea at your balcony and flick off all the worries!

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