If there is one thing that most homeowners dread is the rain season. Whether you live somewhere that experiences a monsoon season or you just happen to live in the UK, rain is a problem for some homeowners. For most of the year, it’s something that annoys homeowners and leaves them feeling despondent about the house that they’ve paid for which now has a recurring damp problem. While it’s nice to have rain for the crops and plants, it’s a pain if your house is a casualty of it.
You deserve to have a house that withstands all weathers – isn’t that the point of a house? You want to buy your home once, you don’t want to keep spending out over and over to correct the same issues. All this does is tell you that your builder was rubbish and the house isn’t actually protected against anything. So, with this in mind, we’ve put together some of the tips you need to tackle the damp challenge facing your home.
To The Windows.
The windows take the brunt of most of the rain of the house, especially when it’s that annoying side-hitting rain. If your windows are not maintained properly, you’ll be paying out for damp proofing solutions when you don’t have the budget to do so. So, while you can repaint the window frames, you should instead consider changing your windows to UPVC instead. Wooden frames have their place, but UPVC are moisture-resistant and will hold that rain water back. They also stop the wind from screaming through as the gaps are closed. The hinges of the window are also often neglected. So you need to ensure that the hinges are fixed and solid.
To The Walls.
The house needs to have the walls as protected as possible. Walls are at risk of being slaughtered by the rain. Monsoons and hefty rain come with a musty odour. If the walls are soaked you’re allowing them to stay open to mildew and mould growth. This adds even further to the odour in the house. Scraping off the mould with bleach and water can help, but it’s not going to help if you don’t wipe down the walls, too. Bleach does more than just clean: it disinfects and this will prevent mould regrowth. Walls must be maintained so that you can keep the damp away from the walls.
Watch The Locks.
People think about locks in their capacity to keep the house secure, but they can do more than that. Changing weather can make the locks malfunction, which weakens the seal of the windows and doors. You should be checking your locks monthly to know that they are working properly. The right amount of WD40 will help to remove the gathered mess and dust in the locks. You should avoid other gels and sprays for locks!
To The Water On The Doors.
The doors of the house – especially wooden ones – can often swell up in the damp air. You want to ensure that you are aware of this happening so that you can keep up with keeping your doors protected. Metal framed doors can rust easily, and you can paint them regularly to prevent rust caused by rain and damp.
To The Air.
The air inside the home needs to be treated with a dehumidifier so that you can keep the house dry. If there are areas of the home that are particularly damp, consider permanent dehumidifiers in these rooms. This will help to draw out the moisture. Keeping the whole house well-ventilated is also a must, so extractor fans on during cooking and bathing. Throw open the doors and windows when you can. This will allow the house to air out and keep the damp and mould from forming in the walls and ceilings. This will also help your upholstery to remain as dry as possible, too.
You can’t always avoid the rain, but you can make sure that you are handling it well. Rain is going to happen no matter what you do but you can keep on top of the maintenance of your house and ensure that you are being as vigilant as possible about the damp issue in your house. Your home is your castle and the last thing that you want to do is have to sell up because you cannot get rid of the constant issues. Speak to your previous contractor and make sure that they’re aware of the problem, and you are good to go!
Do you do any of these tips to help protect your house?