This summer has been a particularly scorching one, where temperatures have set new records, crossing old highs from the last 50 to 100 years. The drought situation too has further worsened across several parts of the country and renewed focus on measures to conserve water at the micro and macro level are absolutely imperative and the need of the hour. As you prepare and get ready for the monsoons, ensure that rainwater harvesting is also a priority for you.
The summer heat not only causes discomfort, but the resulting expansion in building materials can also be a cause of concern and that may lead to cracks in future. And, when the temperatures fall once the rains begin, the same construction materials will slowly contract. Although all constructions are designed to absorb the expansion and contraction with changes in weather conditions, there is often some wear and tear, which needs to be addressed.
In any case, this is a good time to inspect and assess the repairs in your home so that you are ready to deal with the torrential rains once it starts. Any cracks, seepages or leaking pipes can make your home wet and humid causing mold, respiratory problems, skin diseases, pest infestation and give rise to a host of other problems.
If you have the experience you can do an inspection yourself, or take the help of an expert, who will know exactly what to look for and then fix the problems to have a home ready for the rains.
So here’s a checklist and a few tips to get you started:
- Make it a priority to check the roof or the terrace for any cracks and signs of seepage. Waterproof the terrace if there is any water seeping through. In case the terrace is tiled, look for cracks or missing tiles and make sure they are sealed or replaced as required.
- Take a look at pipes coming down the sides of the building to see if there are any blockages and also check joints for any leakage. Unclog the pipes and seal the joints to make them watertight.
- Rainwater can also come through doors and windows from the gaps that exist between the frame and the wall. Therefore make sure that the frames are set properly and that any gap between the frame and the wall is sealed.
- Check the tiles in the bathrooms and kitchen for any signs of damage. Either seal them or ensure that they are replaced immediately.
- You must check all the interior walls for any spots of dampness so that if there are any cracks these can be repaired and waterproofed right away.
For all these repairs, when you are using a sealant or any waterproofing material, make sure you use the Dr Fixit range, which has a host of waterproofing solutions, and Roff’s tile adhesives, tiling solutions and other construction materials which are the best in the industry.
Remember that having a dry home is important from a health perspective as well, and therefore it is wise to invest time and effort prior to the rainy season to ensure that.