Wall Dampness the spoilsport of our Dream Home

How often we save for a big occasion…

After lots of denials, we arrive at a decision to finally revamp the interiors…

The D day has arrived… we are eager to go ahead of doing the interiors of our dream home…..

Arrangements are made for fix furniture….

Fancy fittings….

Exquisite fabric….

Now…. after facing a lot of hardships, we have finally realised our dreams of changing the decor of our dream home….

We spread the message amongst our near dear ones, friends…. neighbours…. (anxious neighbours who heard a lot of banging, dust, debris flying around in our home) sometimes feeling disturbed, sometimes being angry, yet bearing with us to see the final out come, as they too are secretly planning to revamp the interiors of their dream homes…

The message is spread like wild fire that our dream home looks like a dream home. We receive visitors after visitors, everyday every week.

After couple of months, we suddenly notice a patch on one of our wall, feeling awful and nervous…

Slowly, slowly the patch becomes ugly, uglier and uglier…

We can no longer bear it, we pick up our phone and call the person who painted the house… giving him/her a good yelling.

The person who painted our house is as confused as we are, as in the budget we had kept aside for painting the house, we could only get a painter and not a specialist….

Most part of our hard earned money was spent on furniture, fancy fixtures, fancy plumbing materials, exotic fabric for curtains, bed sheets and their likes…

Disgusted with the painter and his/ her disgusting work, after lengthy arguments, feeling cheated we turn towards second third fourth advice.

The part of the puzzle becomes more unbearable as it is dry summer and we are experiencing dampness with formation of white flakes which gives an ugly look to  our interiors with musty…. smell.

Finally to get to the bottom of the entire ordeal, we shell out more money to bring in a specialist….

For the first time we hear the word Efflorescence…

What is the damn thing called Efflorescence ? Which has shattered our dreams of peaceful living…

Where could we have gone wrong…

Due to the use of salt water during construction and through rains, the salts (like sulfates or magnesium, sodium, calcium and calcium carbonate) present in the wall get dissolved. On evaporation, the previously absorbed water along with salts appear on walls forming crystallized patches or a layer of white powder. This white powder is know as efflorescence.

The specialist advices us that before affixing fixed furniture and fixtures, a survey ought to have been done and the walls should have been waterproofed…

Now what could be the solution…

Madam/Sir, you need to dismantle the fix furniture, fixtures and wall fittings…

The above words meant like lightning striking upon us…

If only and only if someone had advised….

                                                                    To be continued in my next blog…

Published by Doc

My name is Boorjis Doctor, you can call me Doc as all my friends do... I came from a middle class family, and am born and based in India. We did not have extra money to hire professional help, whether it be painting the house, plastering, plumbing or doing the Electricals... And my passion for home interiors started by the time I reached eleven. Sometimes losing money and sometimes saving great cost in doing my home interiors for my family, near dear friends and immediate neighbours. So if you like to join me, it would be my pleasure to help you in your journey in restoring your dreams that you call a home....

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