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Health Hazards of Water Leakage in the Monsoon

The music of the falling rain is a welcome change after every harsh summer. Thoughts of a cosy, warm evening are always associated with the monsoons. But this wonderful is soon rained on (literally), if your home is not waterproofed.

It is easy to put off repairs, year after year, citing financial reasons or inconvenience, but if you knew how dangerous rain-water leakage is to your family’s health, you would surely reconsider.  Rain water seeps in and affects not just walls and ceilings but even your health. This excessive wetness increases the moisture in the air, and encourages the growth of mould, bacteria and fungi.  Here is a list of health hazards caused by water leakage in the monsoons.

  1. Respiratory problems
    Mould needs two things – moisture and something to live on. When it has these two things, it releases tiny spores into the air. These spores are so small, that they can be inhaled, causing respiratory problems such as breathlessness, asthma, wheezing, bronchitis and more. These should never be taken lightly as neglecting your health and removing the root cause of these respiratory problems is of utmost importance.

moisture on wall, monsoon moisture and leakage
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  1. Skin problems such as eczema
    The micro-organisms found in a home that gets little or no sunshine or ventilation especially during the monsoons, can cause skin problems, especially in children.
  1. General illness, fever and vomiting
    Damp homes that have too much moisture encourage bacterial growth. If your family is going through a period of ill-health, don’t attribute it to a viral flu. It could be the dampness in your own home that’s making them sick.

home-window, moisture window, monsoon, gloomy weather
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  1. Depression
    The romance of the monsoons can be anything but, especially if your home is cold, damp and full of mould and fungi. Several research findings have shown a link between damp homes and depression.

About Sharon D'Souza

Sharon Colaco DSouza is a professional content strategist and an interiors stylist. She is passionate about home décor, and runs a décor blog called The Keybunch. She is also the founder of Décor Drama, a popular online community for décor lovers. She is a published features writer and author. Do follow her latest series on The Huffington Post where she blogs about using vintage items in modern décor arrangements. She works from her home office in Pune, which she shares with her science-buff family consisting of a husband and two young kids.

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