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If you’re anticipating hot and dry winds along with unexpected rain then it’s perhaps time that you should start thinking about monsoon-proofing your home. Around this time of the year in Pakistan, the July to September Monsoon season is right around the corner. Several 2022 weather reports have suggested that rainfall will be above normal in several parts of Pakistan.
The Monsoon season is marked by dramatic shifts in weather conditions that change with the direction of the wind. Monsoon climate can result in high annual rainfall that exceeds 1.5m in many areas of Pakistan. The first half of June this year is expected to bring plenty of unplanned rainfall however, in July more spells are expected to cause heavier rains in different regions. One of the most crucial things that you should definitely be doing in the monsoon season is to prepare your home for rain damage. The calamities of the 2020 Monsoon season that killed 87 people have taught us a lesson that we should probably never forget. To combat the Asian monsoon weather, it is extremely important that Individual facilities and homes are rain-proofed.
How Can Monsoon Damage Your Home?
To understand better why you need to take the following measures and protect your home against Monsoons, let us break down a few ways that Rain does damage to your home:
Flooding of Basements
If you own a property that has a basement, you should be especially cautious about the potential for damage during the monsoon season. A flooded basement is undoubtedly one of the most typical unintended consequences brought on by monsoon rainfall. Rainwater has a good probability of penetrating untreated windows and causing water damage to the basement walls if these windows are not sealed properly. The paint on the walls will begin to flake off, and the walls will most likely become discolored as a result.
Overflowing of Gutters
With the excess rain and debris, gutters can easily overflow, which can damage the roof and the sides of your property pretty easily. Your gutter system is where your rainwater will naturally dispose and it’s important to make sure that you have a proper rain disposal system that regulates the flow of heavy rainfall away from your home infrastructure. Sometimes the material of your gutter may become weak and break under the pressure of excess water. This will call for gradual, but significant issues with structural and electrical issues. So, before the damage repair costs start mounting it’s best to have your drainage system reinforced.
Lead to Mold and Pests
Sitting water bodies are breeding grounds for mold and pests, excess water in your home will most definitely cause mold growth in your walls and near your windows. Mold will cause serious health risks including wheezing, itchy eyes, aggravating allergic reactions, and asthma. Rain storms drive the germs and pests to seek shelter in the dry safe areas, one of these places in your home. Some of these terms may include termites, ants, cockroaches, mice, etc. so when you detect rain damage in your home, beware of these drawbacks.
Ruins Boundary Walls
While light showers of rain are cool and enjoyable and most times, don’t cause damage to your home however if the intensity of rain is to increase then chances are that the rain may penetrate the sides and enter the exterior walls of structures. If push comes to shove, cracks may ruin the insulation materials and increase energy usage and costs.
Since the moisture in the atmosphere has the potential to cause structural damage to your home you should probably start monsoon proofing your home. Here is our compilation of the best monsoon tips that you can implement for your home:
Tips to Prepare Your Home for Monsoon
In order to overcome the problems that might arise due to the monsoon, here are some tips which you can implement to save yourself from the expected misery.
Reinforce Your Roofs
The part of your home that will come in contact with rain first is your roof. All year round your roof sustains damages, wear and tear, and cracks. The repercussions of roof damage are more likely to be witnessed during the monsoon seasons and your home will ultimately take the toll of this. It’s essential that roof inspections are conducted on a yearly basis, especially before the monsoon season. It may be a small crack but the rain may cause the crack to widen eventually allowing leakage into your home. A professional may recommend waterproofing your roof to prevent any more damage to it.
Create a Slopping Effect
As mentioned before, flat surfaces are more likely to cause standing water, so traditionally, creating a sloping effect is the most effective method of preventing molds and pest accumulation. Create a temporary sloping effect during the monsoon seasons that will at least help you protect your home in the monsoon seasons.
Check the Doors and Windows
The doors and windows of your home are not normally something you will think about during home renovations and repairs however it’s probably wise to start thinking about it now. Make sure that your doors and windows are opening and closing without any strain at all. Use a sealant of good quality to make sure that you seal all entry points to your home. Weatherproofing your entry points is a good idea to protect your home against any sort of water damage.
Check Electrical Fittings
With poor structure and seeping, water Rainwater will find its way to your electrical appliances. You need to make sure that you insulate your electrical outlets to prevent any mishaps. Loose wires and short circuits are particularly dangerous and you should probably watch out for them. It’s also advisable to keep your electrical appliances high and away from the floor to make sure that they’re as far away from water as possible.
Open Garbage Cans
If you thought the trash cans outside your home were an annoyance, just try to picture how much worse the smell will be when the trash is wet. It is essential to take the necessary precautions to ensure that all of your trash is protected from the elements by being properly covered and stored in a dry location. If your garbage cans or even the trash cans on the street aren't covered, you should probably get that taken care of before the monsoon season starts. Keep in mind that if the street in front of your house begins to pollute with dirty running water, then you won't be too far away from diseases like dengue fever and malaria.
Watch Out for Your Carpets and Wooden Furniture
Wooden furniture tends to rot in water so make sure that all your furniture is protected from the rain during the monsoon seasons. Also, expensive rugs at home can ruin when they attract moisture. The fine fabric will easily attract moisture so if your carpets tend to be in an open space then it's best to roll them and keep them in a safe place.
In spite of all of these precautions, there is still a possibility that there may be mistakes, which you will need to plan for in advance. Even the most well-built residential structures run the risk of being damaged in some way during the monsoon seasons. In order to protect your property from damage caused by falling trees during the monsoon season, you need regularly prune and maintain your trees. Even if there are some things that may just be beyond your control, as long as you take the appropriate precautions during the monsoon season, you will be prepared to handle the worst.