How to prevent damp and mould? Condensation or too much general moisture in your home can lead to damp and mouldy conditions. There are a few different causes for a build-up of moisture. These include steamed up windows, especially if the air outside is colder than the air inside your home; steam and vapour from cooking meals and from drying washing indoors, particularly during the colder months.
Other reasons for damp in a property can arise from factors such as leaking pipes and roofs and from blocked gutters that has caused water damage to a property. Rising damp is also an issue, and this can result from a damp course being defective.
If you have damp or mould in a property, the best course of action is to call in a professional company to assist with a damp or mould survey to ascertain the extent of the problem.
How to prevent damp in your property
It is difficult to stop damp entirely, though there are preventative steps you can take to help minimise risk as much as possible. There are three main factors which will help prevent damp and condensation from forming. They are heating, ventilation and moisture.
Heating and insulation
Ensuring you have the correct heating and insulation in your home is one way to reduce moisture levels.
The ideal temperature for a home should range somewhere between 19-22 degrees Celsius in living rooms, kitchen and bathroom. It should be marginally cooler at 16-20 degrees Celsius in bedrooms.
If you have to spend time away from home, the temperature should not drop below 15 degrees Celsius, to make sure humidity levels do not get too high and to avoid condensation.
When heating up cold rooms, such as the bedroom, at night don’t simply open the door to other heated rooms in order to raise the temperature. Warm air will then condense onto the walls of the cold room.
Make sure your house is properly insulated as this will help to keep heat in the home, creating warmer ceilings and walls. It will be harder for condensation to form, thus reduced the amount of mould that can grow on them.
It is possible to ventilate your home without creating lots of cold draughts. When someone is using a room, keep a small window ajar. If your windows have trickle ventilators, then open these instead.
Kitchens and bathrooms need more ventilation simply because of activities such as cooking, laundry or bathing and showering. In these rooms, open windows slightly wider and especially so after use of anything that creates steam. If your kitchen or bathroom has a humidity-controlled electric fan, make sure this is used regularly.
Doors to the kitchen and bathroom should be closed, especially when they are in use, even if there is adequate ventilation and a fan. This will help prevent moisture reaching other rooms and causing damp.
If there are air brick vents, do not block them. Cupboards and wardrobes shouldn’t be overcrowded with too many possessions or clothes and this can stop air circulating. Wherever possible, place this type of furniture against internal walls.
Do not completely block up chimneys or tamper with any ventilation or extractor fan units installed within your property. If there are structural concerns that are causing problems with ventilation you should always consult a professional property damage repair company like Property Damage UK.
There are several steps you can take to reduce the amount of moisture produced in your home. Again, it is factors such as cooking, washing, bathing, showering and heating your property that can cause issues with too much moisture.
In the kitchen, cover pans and do not leave kettles boiling. Never dry washing on radiators. If there is space to do so outside either on dryers or on a line, then do that instead.
If there is no space to dry outside, put laundry to dry in the bathroom, with the door closed and a window open or a fan on. If you are in possession of a tumble dryer this must always be vented the outside.
How to prevent mould in your home
If there is already an issue with mould in your home, it may be best to call in the help of a company like Property Damage UK who are specialists in Mould Surveys.
If you then take the preventative steps outlined in the first section, you should start to see a reduction in mould and damp.
There are some daily preventative steps you can take within your home to try and keep mould at bay. These are as follows:
Remove condensation that has formed on windows and sills every morning.
Remove condensation from kitchens and bathrooms as it forms, by wiping away with a clean, dry cloth.
If any clothes or possessions have become stained with mould, clean them thoroughly according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Carpets should be professionally cleaned.
If mould recurs, or is a persistent issue, then a professional mould survey is advisable.
Eliminating dampness as much as possible is one long term solution to assist in the prevention of mould.
If the above points are followed, condensation should not become a persistent issue. However, careful and regular maintenance of a property is essential to keep it free of mould and damp.
Why Not Contact Property Damage UK?
Ensuring a property is well maintained and well ventilated is key to preventing damp and mould from developing. For more help and information on what to do if you’re experiencing issues with one or both of these problems then contact Property Damage UK for a comprehensive Damp Survey or for a Mould Survey.
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