How To Prevent Damp Walls During Monsoon?
Damp walls are one of the most common problems faced by every house owner during monsoon. During monsoon, the moisture tends to seep through the house walls leaving damp patches on the interiors. Leakage, fungus, mould, paint getting pealed are some of the evident consequences of leaving your house look dull and untidy. And to add to that, these patches stay even after the monsoons are over.
It is essential to deal with problem timely as continuous exposure to moisture can hamper the wall structure severely. So, how do you deal with it? The best way to go about is to prevent it by waterproofing your house in advance. Here are a bunch of helpful tips that can save your day!
- Seal those cracks
Wall cracks are a normal thing and usually appear around the window frames and doors. These cracks potentially allow the moisture to seep through them causing damp patches. Fill those crack with putty. Once the gap is filled, you can repaint the walls. Just make sure you do this in advance just before the monsoon starts.
- Don’t forget the exterior walls
Waterproof the eternal walls. Permeable exterior paints increase the chances of water seepage through the walls. Exterior waterproofing coats prevent seepage as it creates a barrier between the walls from the rain and moisture. Waterproofing the roof is equally important as the terrace accumulates a lot of water on the surface causing seepage and leakage eventually.
- Get a damp proof course
Have you ever noticed wet patches at the bottom of the walls near the skirting? That is caused as the groundwater rises up through the walls of your house. A damp proof course is installed to prevent this. This is an intensive process as a barrier is created just above 150 mm above the groundwater level. Generally, a damp proof course installed during construction of the house. If you find yourself in a similar problem, it is best advised to call a professional waterproofing contractor for the timely help.
Keep in mind if you are planning to seal the cracks with some DIY materials, ensure you are completely aware of the situation.
- Always check the source of the leakage. Sometimes, water from the air conditioner can also result in damp walls. When you are totally aware of the reason that leads to leakage, you can deal with it accordingly.
- Cracks just don’t appear on walls and ceilings. Always check if the tiles in the bathroom and kitchen aren’t cracked. If yes, you will have to get them replaced with new ones.
- If you live on a ground floor, there is a possibility that dampness can spread from the soil.
- Using a soft distemper as a coat can help you temporarily but it is always best to consult a professional for an effective and long-lasting solution.
- Lastly, you might need a roofing contractor’s help to waterproof your terrace and roof.
Lastly, keep your house well ventilated during the monsoon and be quick to act if you notice any fungus or mold developing. Prolonged exposure can potentially cause respiratory diseases. It is always best to get a professional waterproofing contractor on board to help you timely with effective measures.