It has been raining nonstop in Dehradun, where I am currently based. As a family, we enjoy the monsoons a lot. From hot ginger tea with snacks while we watch the rain fall, to dancing in the rain with my four year old daughter – I do it all. She even has a collection of cute umbrellas that she takes out when it’s raining, and goes for a rain-walk on the terrace. So, the Monsoons are a time of fun in our household.
But apparently it’s not the same for even family with kids. I recently visited a friend of mine. Her six year old son had not been keeping well for a month now. He falls sick, with fever and vomiting, every other week and had recently developed a respiratory problem. My friend and her husband were obviously very worried and I decided to visit the kid with a bag of home baked muffins.
The moment I entered her house, I was greeted by the well-known smell of a damn house. I also noticed a peeling wall in the living room. It wasn’t a huge patch, just a small area at the top of the wall, right next to the ceiling. But the paint was peeling off and the wall clearly had a leakage. Inside the kid’s bedroom, the cartoon wallpaper that covered the walls, was also peeling from several areas, and there were patches of mould on the ceiling.
The kid looked weak and though the fever was down because of the medication, he had problems in breathing. “Doctors have said it could be a nasal condition,” My friend told me, looking distraught. When I went to the kitchen with her, I saw a bucket in the corner, collecting water droplets that were leaking from the roof.
“Monsoons are not a good time.” She said when she saw me looking at the bucket. “Ever since we have shifted in this house, ever monsoon the kid goes down with one medical problem or another.” This is when it struck me – the problem was not monsoon, it was the leaking house!
Leakage in the house can pose huge health problems, especially to kids. Dampness in the walls and the ceiling are one of the few biggest causes for respiratory issues with kids and adults alike. We in India, tend to dismiss a leaking spot in the house as something that’s happens every year during monsoons that’s not a big deal, but this casual approach towards dampness is completely wrong.
Leakage and dampness in our houses leads to bacteria, mould and a lot of other threats, and kids are the ones that are affected the most. We might not see immediate results of water damage, but it has been proven that mould growth and bacterial growth can begin within 24 – 48 hours of a moisture intrusion.
Damp houses cause respiratory illnesses, and a host of other illnesses, too. In the case of my friend’s son, I was now sure that it was primarily due to the damp house -especially his respiratory issue. This is not just because of the moisture present in the air of a damp house, but also because the bacteria and fungi that thrive in such an environment, either floating around in the air or landing on moist surfaces in your home.
Other common respiratory ailments with links to household dampness can include bronchitis, breathing difficulties and chest pains. Not surprisingly, fixing a damp home can go a long way to controlling or even eliminating these problems.
“You need to fix the leakage and the dampness.” I told my friend and explained it to her. A doctor won’t know the situation in your house, especially when you see him in his clinic. He will prescribe medicines but if the real cause goes unattended, the health problems will never really go away.
I am glad to share with you here, that my friend is now determined to get Freedom From Dampness. She has decided to consult the expert – Dr.Fixit.
And it’s pretty easy to solve your house leakage problems! For providing freedom from dampness and leakages, companies like Dr.Fixit provide a team of dedicated technical experts for site inspection, who recommend timely solution and provide reports. Dr Fixit also has trained applicators who are the ambassadors for good waterproofing workmanship. The continuous efforts taken by Dr. Fixit aim for a leakage free India. From bathroom Waterproofing, Roof Waterproofing to Waterproofing of External Walls of your house – Dr.Fixit has every solution to your dampness woes.
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And, for the sake of our children’s health, and our own, let’s not accept the dampness in our homes as “normal”, let’s not ignore the problem thinking it’s “short term” and let’s pledge to get freedom from dampness and leakage of homes with Dr. Fixit. This is how we can all enjoy the joy of rains, right?