Don't Let It Seep In: Ways To Avoid Wall Seepage
The external walls of your home are always exposed to the wrath of harsh weather. Continuous contact with rainwater leads to cracks in the plaster, making the walls damp due to incessant water seepage. If not stopped, this would even ruin the interior of the home. Therefore, this calls for some effective preventive measures to avoid water into the interiors of the building.
MakaanIQ lists quick ways to protect your walls from seepage.
Let us first step is to identify the problem. Here are some ways you could do that:
- The first step in the process is to identify the areas on the interior walls which have water spots
- The next step is to check whether the cause for the seepage is because of a leaking water tank or a broken plumbing
- In case a gap exists between the walls of your home and the neighbouring building, this would also cause water to seep through
- Water seepage happens when the outer walls are not plastered properly or due to use of poor-quality plastering materials
- Good-quality paints: When the paint used for the walls is of inferior quality, moisture tends to seep through the concrete, thereby damaging the walls. Modern-day high-quality paints are resistant to water and contain silicon that offers the walls extra strength.
- Filling up of cracks: Mortar is a dense and cohesive material that is waterproof. It could be used to seal the cracks on the wall. Structural cracks, including damaged roof or wall tiles, can be fixed using putty (white cement). That would prevent the paint from chipping during monsoons.
- Proper drainage: Conduct an inspection of the house drainage system, as leaky water tanks cause in-wall dampness due to the moisture. Install sturdy water pipes and ensure the joints are well-sealed.
- Seek expert help: Hire professionals who would perform a thorough scan of the house using proper tools, such as moisture meters, and recommend appropriate solution.
- Go for basic check: Check out for drainage, gutters and pipes for any blockages. Change the guttering in case it is old. Fix the cracks in the walls or window frames. Check your roof. Inspect the exterior brickwork of the wall. In case of any issues, seek the services of a professional expert.
- Keep your house warm: It is important to keep your house warm. For this, install a heater or set a thermostat to maintain a constant temperature within your home. This will prevent sudden rises and dips in temperature which leads to condensation. You can also take help of smart home devices to monitor the level of temperature. Ensure that the radiators are not blocked by furniture.
- Place exhaust fans for proper ventilation: Place exhaust fans in the kitchen and bathroom. This will ensure proper ventilation. Do check that the washing machines and tumble dryers are vented correctly. Also, use windows for proper ventilation.
- Limit the production of moisture: Sometimes we choose to dry laundry indoors. This creates moisture within the home. Instead choose to dry your clothes outdoors. You can also go for a dehumidifier in case drying clothes inside your home is the only option. Dehumidifiers will remove the excess amount of moisture form the air. The home will come out to be a warmer and more comfortable place. Moisture absorbers are perfect for cupboards and tight spaces. Avoid home improvement activities such as painting when the weather is cold. This is best done when you can comfortably open the windows.
- Few Tips to Take Care While Cooking: Pans and cookers create a considerable amount of steam. Covering pans with a lid will prevent the amount of steam that will go out. Also, replace the filter on your cooker hood regularly.
With inputs from Mishika Chawla