Kerovit monsoon guide – How to keep your room and bathroom clean and dry?
We all love monsoon, replenishing the amazing weather after the extreme heat. But along with the shower, comes muddy wet and humidity problems. As we know monsoon is early this year, it’s time to pull up your socks as it comes along with numerous problems like damage to your walls causing leaks, mould, fungus, cracks and chipping paint. During the monsoon season of unexpected and sudden downpours, it is best to invest time and effort into rainy season cleaning and preventive measures. These measures will help keep your home damage-free.
Prevent and fix damped walls
If you notice wet patches on your wall, you might be a tad bit late. However, there is still hope! Finding the cause and preventing further damage is one way to deal with the situation. Look around for wet patches in your room or bathroom. If the wet patches are on the ceiling, wall or the corners, there is probably a drainage block near that area causing the water to seep into the walls. Use sealant, putty or grout to cover cracks on pipes and walls. Do not create any cracks by drilling or nailing. If you see any cracks, call an experienced plumber immediately.
Prevention from mould and fungus infestation
Mould is a humid and moisture-laden organism, growing in the bathrooms, basements or closets. Although, they could be present without the black spots on your walls. If you see any spots on your walls which do not look like paint, it is either mildew or mould.
Look for the following signs to recognise the mould or fungus infestation:
– Bubbling of wall paint
– Musty smell in the room
– Breathing issues or flu
Mould infestation can be toxic and can cause health issues like asthma or lung infection. Thus, it is better to prepare ,and if you already have such problems, then it is time to call the professionals for a cleanup.
Mould is caused by excessive moisture and can be prevented by using recommended cleaning agents to remove mould from walls, tiles, bathtubs, shower curtains, bathroom mats, etc. Install a bathroom exhaust fan to facilitate proper ventilation. Also, check and repair leaks in your bathrooms.
Proper ventilation is important
Every bathroom needs ventilation all year round—especially during monsoon season. As the air inside your home is moist, it can lead to mould and fungus growth. Cross-ventilation will keep humidity levels within the bathroom in check, while also removing any musty smell. Moreover, a well-ventilated house has low chances of wall damage from condensation. So open up those windows and increase airflow!
Maintenance of electrical wirings and sockets
As you’ve probably heard, water and electricity don’t mix well. Unmanaged electricals can cause short circuits or long power cuts, leading to even more serious accidents. Thankfully you can keep your home safe with these tips. If you haven’t done so already, consult an experienced electrician well before the monsoon season starts. Until then, you can use electrical tape to cover any hanging wires, broken switchboards or fixtures while the main switch is turned off.
On the other hand, corroded pipes are a long-term indication of acid rain. Replace metal and concrete pipes that are subject to corrosion or damage with materials that don’t corrode.
What to take out and what to store away
Keep your house clean and tidy during the monsoon. Invest in a good dehumidifier if you live in coastal regions where the air is humid. It minimises the amount of moisture in the air, thereby reducing the growth of mould, fungus and dust mites.
Store away all your rugs because carpets can grow mould and mildew in humid weather. This will increase your chance of allergic reactions.Relocate plants because they thrive indoors with high levels of humidity. Therefore place them near windows and away from bedrooms and bathrooms when there’s monsoon season.
For more ideas on bathroom maintenance during monsoon season, check out our blog on Top 5 Bathroom Maintenance Tips This Monsoon!