As ar­chi­tec­ture changes, a guide to new-age mon­soon main­te­nance

Hindustan Times (Chandigarh) - Estates - - NEWS - let­ters@hin­dus­tan­times.com Prakruti Ma­niar

MORE GLASS AND LESS CON­CRETE; MORE BASE­MENTS, FEWER BAL­CONIES AND TALLER BUILD­INGS MEAN YOU NEED TO LOOK OUT FOR A DIF­FER­ENT SET OF IS­SUES

MUM­BAI:

Pot­holes, flood­ing, and fallen trees — some mon­soon prob­lems, sadly, have be­come as reg­u­lar as the rains them­selves.

Pre-mon­soon main­te­nance, how­ever, is chang­ing with the chang­ing na­ture of our con­struct ions .“Ear­lier, you had to re­paint reg­u­larly, and check for vis­i­ble cracks,” says Raghav Ka­pur, Ben ga lu ru busi­ness head of realestate ser­vices firm SILA.

This has changed over the last few years as build­ings have ac­quired more me­tal and glass, and less con­crete; fewer bal­conies and more base­ments.

Glass fa­cades with sil­i­con fill­ings be­tween pan es, for in­stance, may ex­pand and con­tract with sea­sonal changes and have to be checked to pre­vent leaks.

“With fewer ledges and bal­conies, one so­lu­tion is to build rain trays out­side your win­dow ,” says Aniket Haware, man­ag­ing direc­tor of Haware Builders.

“Ideally, a hous­ing so­ci­ety should pre­pare for this sea­son in Septem­ber, im­me­di­ately af­ter the pre­vi­ous mon­soon ends,” says Ramesh Prabhu, chair­man of the Maharashtra So­ci­eties Wel­fare As­so­ci­a­tion (MSWA).

“Since do­ing this every year can be­come bur­den­some for res­i­dents, one so­lu­tion is to out source to a fa­cil­ity man­age­ment com­pany,” he says.

“It is more ex­pen­sive but will help in the long run and you avoid last-minute emer­gency re­pairs, and mon­soon is­sues.”

Mod­ern high-rise build­ings come with their own unique is­sues. “There are gar­dens on higher floors which don’t have much depth and, over time, can suf­fer from soil ero­sion with­out proper main­te­nance. This is some­thing we are look­ing into right now at a prop­erty in Prab­hadevi,” says Bharat Sosa, prop­erty man­ager at SILA.

“Af­ter about the 10th storey, air and wind flow pat­terns are more in­tense,” says Sosa.

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