Mumbai, the city of dreams is even dreamier due the beaches and seashores that surround it. However, it also means humidity and moisture in the air. And, at times this dampness and moisture tends to seep into our homes.
Many think that dampness is an issue only if their homes are closer to the sea. However, that is not the case. In a city like ours, there’s moisture in the air. Even if we were to ignore the air for a bit, many a times dampness is also caused due to a faulty wall, flooring or ceiling work in our neighbour’s home. At times even a poorly tiled bathroom can cause damp patches on the outer walls, making your bedrooms and passages look bad.
Dampness results in peeling paint, mould, fungus, leakage and making the home look sticky.
Dealing With Dampness on Walls in Mumbai
If ignored, dampness could do serious damage to the walls and structure of the house, so its advisable to act quickly as soon as one notices any dampness on the walls. Here’s what can be done…
Look Out for Cracked Walls:
Cracks in walls can appear due to climatic changes and can damage the structure of your home. They typically start near the window frames and doors, allowing moisture to seep into the structure, causing dampness. Good quality putty should be used to fill in such cracks. Once such gaps and cracks are filled, walls are repainted. Ideally this process should be done before the monsoon season as it gives your walls plenty of time to dry.
Too much moisture in a room can be because of the lack of required air ventilation. Ensure there is enough fresh air passing in and out of the rooms. This will keep the humidity levels in check and dampness at bay.
Dampness is also caused due to the trapped steam within the home. Most of the steam generates in the kitchen or bathrooms due to warm water. So, install exhaust fans that will ensure proper air ventilation. If you have windows in all rooms, keep them open for atleast sometime during the day to let the air flow freely.
Use Water Proofing Coat:
Water proofing coat is a material applied to the interiors as well as exteriors - walls, ceilings and flooring before the paint, plaster or tiling work is done. This acts a barrier for the water seeping in and also slows down the spread of moisture, thus preventing dampness.
Also, water seepage usually occurs between joints of two different types of materials such as a tiles and the plastered surface. At times, there can be gaps between the tiles and slowly the moisture starts to accumulate in between causing seepage. Such areas should be fortified using waterproofing compounds.
Again, its more of a preventive measure which should be typically done while renovating or getting your interiors done. Also, ensure you get it done before the monsoons, as these sealants can take good amount of time to dry off completely.
Hire a professional who can help you with water proofing your home, if you don’t already have the same.
Fixing Walls Adjacent To The Bathrooms:
The other aspect is to ensure you have water proofed the flooring and the internal walls of the bathrooms. This will stop the seepage from getting out or below to cause and problem to your neighbours living on the floor below yours.
When you are living in a flat in Mumbai, water leakage can be an issue from the bathrooms adjacent or above your flat. You need to ensure that the tile joints in your neighbours bathrooms are properly sealed to prevent leakage through to your side. This sounds a bit awkward, but any sign of seepage on the walls which are adjacent to your neighbour’s bathroom should be brought to their notice. Unless they fix the issue at their end, you will face the issue from time to time. Water proofing from your end will certainly reduce the instance and slow down the seepage, but it won’t completely solve the problem.
Opting for Tiles + Water Repellent Paint
Whenever you opt for getting your walls painted opt for specialised paints that are modified with silicon and have high water repellency. Also, getting such walls tiled is a good option.
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With the above pointers in check, you do not have to worry about your walls feeling dank and lifeless every year monsoon hits the city. Pay good attention to your walls and enjoy the rains fully in your humble abode!