With monsoon around the corner keeping water from infiltrating wooden work, flooring, and especially the walls become imperative. The condition can become worse if you have some plumbing or roof leak as the walls can collect condensation from the air. Leaving it damp can also lead to irreparable damage to the wall because the water gets absorbed by the grain. The wall will first start shedding the paint or plaster and ultimately become weak from the inside. While this doesn’t happen immediately, still one must be proactive and dry out the moisture in the wall before permanent damage. Here are some tips to end your struggle with damp walls.
Rooms, in which you notice maximum wetness, install an exhaust fan. While it is raining outside or you perhaps are mopping the floor, remember to switch on the exhaust fan. This will help to prevent the accumulation of excessive moisture on the walls and will also keep the air dry. If you have wallpapers or tiled walls, do check what’s happening behind those fancy covers. There are several exhaust fans available at an extremely affordable price, invest in those to effectively reduce the humidity levels.
While people mostly use a small dehumidifier in hilly areas to dry their clothes, you can use them in the house to also get rid of dampness in the wall. The device helps in sucking all the moisture and prevents any mind of dampness and mold. Invest in a small portable dehumidifier so that you can move the machine from room to room, depending on the use. Compact in size, it is also likely to help you during the winter season to dry and remove musty smell from clothes.
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Salt is easily found in every household around the world and yes, this ingredient can help in removing dampness from the walls naturally. All you need to do is follow the process of osmosis, so that the salt can attract water, including the vapour present in the air. Take a cotton or organza bag. Fill it with salt. Hang it near the area that is damp or in the middle of the room. The bag will become wet as it will collect the excess water. Periodically empty the bag and refill it with dry salt.
This tip is effective for the area, wherein the moisture only has affected a small area of the wall. For this, the best option is to use oscillating fans. In order to get rid of the dampness, place one or two fans in front of each damp spot. Turn the fans to their highest setting and open the doors and windows to let the air pass. Not only will this help clear out moist air, but it will actively dry the damp spots on the walls.
Whenever you buy a lunch box, water bottle, or any sealed container, there is a small pouch filled with a drying agent, this pouch is called desiccants. While it helps the container to remain free from moisture, it can also be effective in absorbing dampness from small areas like shelves, corners of the house, etc. Place moisture absorbent 4-5 pouches of desiccants near the wall and leave for a day or two. It will suck out some of the excess water vapor.
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