Monsoon! The very word conjures up a fascinating picture complete with a dark, cloudy sky, earthy smell, tiny droplets hanging on to the leaves, sound of incessant drizzle, wind in the hair, and of course, a cup of ‘adrak waali’ hot chai with pakoras! What can be better than cuddling up in a blanket watching the raindrops rejuvenating the earth all around? Much do we all love the monsoon; it is also the season that keeps us a bit busy with our homes. While bringing life to everything, it does bring a myriad of problems along with it.
The most common problem we face in monsoon is that of leaking walls or roofs. Continuous exposure to the rainwater can make an ailing wall develop leak points. We suggest you get your walls and roof checked before the monsoon begins and get the necessary treatments done to ensure there is no seepage. All water pipes should also be checked so that drainage happens smoothly. Accumulation of rainwater can cause damage to your home.
Monsoon is the season that increases the level of humidity in the air. The dampness is not good for the health of your home and your family. You may think of using ventilators to remove the excess moisture. You may use a potpourri or scented candles to drive away the damp smell that pervades the house during this season. Install mosquito nets on the doors and windows to keep mosquitoes and other insects away. Use camphor and neem leaves or naphthalene balls inside the wardrobes to drive away the weird damp smell.
Doors tend to swell up absorbing the moisture during this season. Make them monsoon ready by varnishing or painting before the onset of the season itself. Take care of your wooden furniture well, as this season is ideal for fungi and termites to breed. Place them a few inches away from the walls to avoid the transfer of moisture. Wrap up your expensive rugs or carpets as they turn into breeding grounds of moulds and mildews. Replace all the heavy curtains with lightweight ones to brighten up the rooms. Place shades on windows and balconies to stop the ingress of rainwater.
Another common occurrence during the monsoon is an electrical malfunction. Chances of electrocution also go up. Make sure that all the exposed wires are properly covered or packed so that accidents can be avoided.
You need to be careful about storing kitchen ingredients and taking care of your plants during this season. If possible, roast the spices and store them in airtight containers. Storing them in airtight containers and placing them in less damp areas is good enough though. Rearrange your plants according to their needs. Some can’t withstand torrential rains and need to be brought indoors. Some thrive the best in the rains.
Last, but not the least, monsoon is definitely not the season to take up any home improvement project. Keep it pending till the rains last.
Till then…enjoy the drizzles along with your ‘adrak waali’ chai!