Aug 18, 2015   Tips    4,985
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How to take care of your house during the monsoon.

The monsoon may be a favourite season for many people as it is refreshing and cool, but it is the worst season for the house because it comes with damage to parts of the house. That is why we have to regularly take care of our house to prevent these problems.

1. Roof/ceilings/walls: when it is raining heavily, the rainwater may seep through the roof, ceilings and walls. You should regularly check the cracks or joints on the roof, ceilings or walls to see if there is any water stain from seeping rainwater. If any is found, immediately fix the part before the problem extends to other parts of the house.

Selecting standardized material can reduce the rainwater leakage.
Photo: SHERA Mini V-slate

A ceiling leak due to rainwater.

Exterior cracks can cause the water to leak into the house.

2. Gutter: there should be no leaves or rubbish blocking the gutter because if the gutter cannot carry off all the rainwater, the rest of it may flow back and seep through the roof.

3. Doors/windows: if the frame of the doors or windows are made of wood, after being wet for a time, it can generate fungus, or swell so much that it lets water seep through the house. Temporarily filling up the holes can fix small leakage, but if it is a big one or you want a long-term durability, the frame you use should be durable in any type of climate and free of fungus such as fibrecement frames.

A frame leak.

SHERA Fibrecement Door Frame

4. Awnings/Eaves: if the rain often splashes into the house, you should install an awning or eaves above the doors or windows to keep the rain off. It can also prevent fungus or moss from growing on the area.

Installing an awning can keep the rain off the window.

Eaves made of SHERA Strip

5. Floor: the floor should be cleaned regularly because the rain may cause fungus, moss or mud which makes the floor slippery, leading to accidents. The floor should be specifically taken care of if it is made of tiles.

6. Drains: the drains should also be cleaned regularly by removing leaves, rubbish and mud of the drains to prevent them from clogging up. If it is raining heavily and the drains cannot drain the water fast enough, waste water can overflow.

7. Trees: if a tree's branches are too big, cut them off to prevent them from breaking and falling on your house due to the heavy rain. Plus, use some props to support a large tree after it has just been planted because the roots will not be strong enough, and the trees may lean or fall later.

Be specifically careful during the monsoon if you have a large tree.

Use some props to support the tree.

8. Outdoor furniture: many like placing chairs or tables in the garden or on the balcony for sitting down on to relax. But when it is monsoon, letting the furniture be exposed to the rain often may shorten its lifetime. Moving it to an indoor area or covering it with sailcloth or plastic when it is raining are recommended.

Just follow these mentioned 8 tips, and there will be no need to worry that the house would be damaged by the rain throughout the monsoon.
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