Pre-monsoon tips to maintain a top floor apartment

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With monsoon season around the corner, residents at the top floor or pent house are worst affected and are susceptible to issues such as leaking roofs, cracked walls etc. 99acres shares simple yet effective pre-monsoon tips to make sure you are safe during the rainy season.

Residing on the top-most floor of a building has its own advantages such as breath-taking view, clean and cool breeze. However, during monsoon season, the view might be tainted by constant rain and dirt gathering on the terrace. Ajay Agarwal, Chairman, Geopreneur Design Studio shares during monsoons, one of the frequently faced issues of the top floor residents is leakage. It is usually caused due to the cracks developed on the roof/terrace. These cracks are a result of the fluctuation in climatic conditions, cold and heat, which leads to repetitive contraction and expansion of concrete. Minor cracks eventually convert into bigger ones causing leakage.

In addition to leakages, there are other problems that arise like waterlogging and seepage. The primary reasons are faulty construction, lack of adequate maintenance and poor design, shares Sandeep Kumar, Founder, Floorspace.in.

Hence, in order to ensure your top-floor home is safe, make sure you make the below changes prior to the rainy season:

Check drainage points: Make sure storm water drain points in terrace and penthouse open areas are unobstructed and cleared regularly so that there is no chance of rainwater clogging anywhere, shares Agarwal. You can also level the terrace by applying cement plaster for smooth flow of water.

Check for cracks: An early examination and repair when the cracks are identified will ensure that damage is minimum as once leakage starts, it spoils the paint and the damage can be much more than what eyes can see, adds Agarwal. You can opt for fiberglass crack filling compound, for both, interior and exterior surfaces. It makes sure unmatched crack bridging ability for plaster cracks of up to 3 mm.

Protects electronic items: Exposed electrical fittings can pose a great danger to life during monsoon. It is advisable to hire an electrician to check for any loose wiring and damaged electrical cords. Alternatively, one can keep moisture absorbing bags behind electronic equipment’s so that it can absorb moisture and keep your valuables safe as well as prevent shock circuit.

Install shades: Install plastic or bamboo shades on top of doors and windows. They usually come at a very lower cost. They not only help in evading water from entering the home but also do not block the outside view.

Waterproof open areas: Get waterproofing done for the well-known melt spots, shares Kumar. You can opt for liquid waterproofing membrane. It acts as an ultimate tonic for cement which can be used from the foundation up to the roof of the building. It is a specially formulated cement additive that increases the life of the building, as a result of which, there are no cracks, no rusting and no leakages. Moreover, it makes concrete cohesive and prevents segregation. It improves the integral waterproofing properties of cement, concrete and plasters after curing, resulting in longer life of the building.

Use sealants: Rainwater usually enters the homes if they are any gaps in window and door sills. Further, if you have split air conditioner installed at home, water from strong wind can come through the wall cut out which is made for refrigerant piping. Make sure you have got them checked and if needed, close them using good quality silicone sealants, shares Kumar. 

Skirting doors: People living in penthouses should ensure that open areas have adequate skirting around doors as a precaution to avoid minor water logging. Further, it covers any plumbing and electrical lines. These materials are highly durable and promote better weight distribution.

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