During the winter months, many properties suffer from damp and mould growth due to condensation.
Mould often occurs because of condensation. It appears as pinpoint black spots, usually on the side surfaces of external walls, in corners and in poorly ventilated spaces, such as behind cupboards and wardrobes.
The control of condensation requires a combination of sufficient heating, ventilation and insulation.
Sufficient heating + insulation + adequate ventilation = less condensation
Identify problem areas in your home - You can't mould-proof your home, but you can make it mould-resistant. Try to identify where the problem areas are! Do you notice frequent condensation on upstairs windows? Is there a water stain on the ceiling from a persistent leak? Preventing mould from growing or spreading might be as simple as ripping up carpet in a damp basement, installing adequate ventilation, or repairing damaged gutters. Or if you ignore the problem and don't deal with it, it may be a matter of major excavation and waterproofing. Whatever the case, address the problem now. It might cost some money up front, but it will surely be more costly down the road if mould continues to grow unchecked.
Dry wet areas immediately - Mould needs moisture to grow, so tackle wet areas right away. Water leak into the basement after a heavy rainfall, accumulation from a leaky pipe, even a spill on the carpet should be dried within 24 to 48 hours. If you've experienced a flood, remove water-damaged carpets, bedding, and furniture if they can't be completely dried. Even everyday occurrences need attention: don't leave wet items lying around the house, and make sure to dry the floor and walls after a shower. Don't leave wet clothes in the washing machine, where mould can spread quickly. Hang them to dry — preferably outside or in areas with good air circulation.
Prevent moisture with proper ventilation - It may be that your routine domestic activities are encouraging the growth of mould in your home. Make sure an activity as simple as cooking dinner, taking a shower, or doing a load of laundry doesn't invite mould by providing proper ventilation in your bathroom, kitchen, laundry room, and any other high-moisture area. Vent appliances that produce moisture — clothes dryers, cookers — to the outside (not the loft). Use dehumidifiers, but make sure they don’t produce moisture themselves by checking them periodically and cleaning them as directed by the manufacturer. Your energy-efficient home may be holding moisture inside, so open a window when cooking or washing dishes or showering, or run an exhaust fan. We offer comprehensive and affordable ventilation solutions for residential properties. Call us today to discuss your requirements 01273 589 689.
Improve air flow in your home - When temperatures drop, the air is able to hold less moisture. Without good air flow in your home, that excess moisture may appear on your walls, windows and floors. To increase circulation, open doors between rooms, move furniture away from walls, and open doors to cupboards that may be colder than the rooms they’re in. Let fresh air in to reduce moisture and keep mould at bay.