Get Rain Ready!

The monsoon brings with it a pleasant drop in temperature, however, it also necessitates extra  care to make your home rain ready. You should start with looking around the house for tasks to be taken care of before the downpours begin. These quick and helpful tips will let you enjoy the rain and keep it outside your home!

Pay Attention To The Basement

Protect basement walls by sealing them with cement or concrete sealer to keep water from seeping into the walls. If your home is in a low lying area stock up on sand bags to stack around your home to prevent water from flooding your basement. 

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Sandbags to keep rain water from entering the basement

Waterproof

Whenever the exterior of your home is painted, make sure to use good quality waterproof paint as protection from rain water damage. For an additional protective layer use a sealant on the exterior as well.

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Areas of the exterior wall to waterproof      

PVC Pipes Instead Of Galvanized Pipes

Galvanized pipes rust and crack as a result of corrosion caused by rain water. If your home has exposed galvanized pipe plumbing that was installed a long time ago, it could be a reason for leaks and moisture in walls causing cracks and chips in interior paint. PVC pipes are plastic pipes that do not rust. Galvanized pipes also have a much shorter life span than PVC pipes

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A leaky pipe            

Wall Vegetation

Moist walls encourage the growth of weeds, stray plants and algae that look unpleasant. The plants roots take hold in the wall, widening small cracks and result in water seeping into walls. For this reason it is important to fix minor cracks and fissures without waiting for them to become an ugly wall garden!

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Plant growing in a wall crack  

Repair Masonry 

Another cause of cracks in walls is old and weathered masonry. Before the monsoon season begins, you should consider using a good quality putty to seal all cracks in old, weather beaten walls.

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Crack in an exterior wall              

Check Wiring

If there are any exposed or damaged wires or electrical cables in the interior or exterior vicinity of your home, they can be a an extreme hazard when combined with rain water causing accidents like electrocution and fires due to short circuits. Ask your handyman or electrician to do a complete check of wires and electrical points. Also ensure that any openings in electrical wires are covered with electrical tape before the monsoon arrives.

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Use good quality, certified wires to avoid shot circuits    

Write down all the jobs that need to be commissioned when you inspect your home, hire the respective handy men needed to complete the job properly. We recommend that you hire quality professionals to protect your home this monsoon season so you can enjoy the rains in peace.

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