After a scorching summer that saw Indian cities record some of the highest temperatures we’ve ever experienced, we’re now moving into the monsoon season, which seems to have arrived a bit earlier than usual.
This is a mixed bag because while there may be some initial respite from the wrath of the Sun, we’ll also face higher levels of humidity until the rains are in full swing.
Humidity & moisture in general is a big concern for any property owner. So we thought it’s a good time to share some simple reminders & pointers on how you can protect your home in the coming months.
After all, monsoons are beautiful as you get to enjoy all the greenery. So we don’t want spoilt or unhygienic surroundings spoiling all the fun. On that note, we hope these rains bring joy & ever-lasting memories to your family! Let’s get right into it.
1. Keep the furniture safe & dry
One of the first few things to be affected by excess moisture in the surroundings is your wooden & iron-based furniture, which includes the cupboard, wardrobes, closets, wall shelves, dining tables, chairs, sofas, and so on.
For starters, you should move away heavy furniture from the windows, in case the water seeps in through leaky areas. Applying a coat of oil also goes a long way in preventing unwanted water absorption, which can lead to swelling & damage.
Place naphthalene balls in the corners and the bathrooms, which not only help with the moisture but also ward off pests & insects.
Going further, also keep fresh neem leaves (replace them every week) along with cloves, which will prevent the breeding of bugs or silverfish in damp areas.
Last but not the least, perhaps the best way to counter this problem is to spray a waterproofing solution on furniture pieces that are likely to be affected by moisture (these are easily available on Amazon).
2. Reduce internal moisture
Simple day-to-day activities also contribute to increasing the internal humidity, so you should watch out for them. When you’re cooking, try to keep the dishes covered with a lid so that the steam stays inside.
Cooking broth or curry dishes also generates tonnes of moisture, so consider installing a chimney to exterminate steam.
Do not hang wet clothes in your bedrooms, especially if you have someone with asthma or breathing issues. Keep them outside on the balcony only. If you don’t have a space, dedicate one room to hanging the clothes but ensure you don’t go in there as it’ll be damp.
Wipe down the walls of the bathroom after taking a shower, as this will protect the walls. If you’re living near coastal areas, you can also invest in a small portable dehumidifier for your bedroom, as it is very effective in drying up the environment quickly. You’ll find some good ones on Amazon in the range of ₹900-₹2500.
If that’s out of your budget, at least make proper use of the exhaust fans in your bathrooms and kitchens while showering and cooking respectively.
For obvious reasons, you shouldn’t keep any plants that require daily watering as it can lead to puddling and become a breeding ground for mosquitos. Instead, choose low-maintenance plants like Boston ferns, peace lily, areca palm, English ivy, and spider plant.
3. Roll up your Carpets
Other than your furniture, carpets, and rugs on the floor are also common victims of moisture in the air. This is especially true if you live on the ground floor. Roll away your carpets and keep them in a high and dry place.
Carpers are likely to catch molds, and if you have one with lots of fur, you won’t even be able to spot it with the naked eye. So before you store it for the season, dry it out in the air and tuck it back into your cupboard.
If doing so is hurting your decor, you can choose ones that are made of coir or plastic as they don’t attract much moisture and are also lightweight enough to be washed roughly without the fear of them getting damaged quickly.
4. Check electrical fittings & do repairs
Before the showers are in full effect, it’s time to call your electrician and fix faulty appliances, loose wires, old broken switches, or other electrical items. Keep a close watch on water seepage near electrical sockets.
If you live in a villa/roofed house, make it a point to call the carpenter so that he can check if anything needs to be repaired. Clear all rooftop drains and clean the rainwater pipes to ensure they are not clogged. In no way should you allow water to start accumulating here as it’ll lead to leakage & seepage in just a few hours.
Skipping this check might lead to leaking roofs, which you’ll heavily regret later on.
5. Keep away the Pests
Mosquito breeding is the most common and dangerous concern during this season. So go around your house/apartment and check for areas where puddling or pooling of water is possible. It will easily turn into a breeding ground for the larvae, so do cover it up.
Neem and tulsi plants are your best bet for keeping away these insects, so place them near the windows in your kids’ bedroom.
Nowadays, there are pleasant incense sticks (such as the ones manufactured by “Phool.co”) that come with anti-bacterial properties for warding off mosquitoes. So you can buy a pack to enjoy both the benefits – a lovely natural fragrance as well as natural protection.
Applying a bit of Lemon Eucalyptus Oil is recommended for adults as it can act as a natural mosquito repellent and reduce the chances of getting nasty bites/bumps.
On a related note, mosquitoes are more attracted to darker-colored materials. So in addition to covering up all parts of your skin with long sleeves and full pants, opting for lighter shades can also help.
In this blog post, we covered some easy & natural tips to keep your house safe & dry over the coming monsoon season. To recap some takeaways:
- Keep moisture away from the furniture
- Use the exhaust fan to reduce moisture from daily activities
- Roll up & store your carpets inside
- Check electrical fittings & get everything fixed
- Keep away mosquitoes by preventing open water accumulation
You can take your seasonal home care routine further by converting the space into a smart home with Pert. We have solutions for all your appliances like fans, lights, and AC. Pert enables you to remotely control, schedule, and automate them for any season or occasion. The voice integration feature with Alexa or Google Assistant takes it even further, essentially making it a hands-free experience.
Ultimately, this means you can sit near the balcony & enjoy the bliss of the rains while your entire home dances at your fingertips. How cool does that sound?
A cool feature of Pert products is that they’re built to withstand power outages so in case your area faces unexpected power cuts during the monsoon season, our system will not face any severe damage from it.
If you’re excited to start your journey and would like to explore the best smart products in town, download our catalog right now: https://bit.ly/Pert-Catalog
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