Monsoons bring glorious showers, dreamy drizzle and relief from the summer heat. But often, the heat and humidity in the air make our homes the perfect environment for the interior walls to become uncomfortably damp. Damp walls are not only a structural hazard in many cases, but also increase the risk of dangerous fungi and bacteria inside your home.
There are many solutions to this ‘moisture’ problem. Here are some tips and tricks to reduce moisture on the walls of your home.
Use a dehumidifier
A very simple answer to the question of humidity in homes is to remove excess humidity in your homes using a dehumidifier. Most modern air conditioners and air purifiers have a dehumidifying mode that reduces the humidity in the air inside your home.
By ensuring that there is adequate air flow from the inside of your home to the outside, you can ensure that moisture-rich air can escape before it begins to condense on your walls and cause moisture. You can improve airflow by using proper vents, opening an appropriate number of windows, and using ceiling or standing fans.
Maintain proper seal
If you live in an area with high humidity, you can also do the exact opposite of the above advice. Sealing any gaps between windows, walls, doors and other fixtures can help keep the air inside your home dry and minimize moisture ingress. Repair your wall and any openings with waterproof sealants to create a more secure environment.
Fix your plumbing
Often, dampness in your home is caused by leaking pipes or plumbing inside your home or even within your walls. If a particular wall or room is getting wet regularly, you need to make sure that there is no leakage in the water or sewage pipes in your home.
Reduce AC usage
Dampness is the result of two factors, high humidity followed by condensation on cold walls. Make sure you don’t set the temperature of the AC too low to prevent your walls from getting too cold.
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