Damp and mould
Depending on the weather, you may experience some damp in your home which can cause mould to grow on walls, furniture, and clothing.
Your wellbeing is super important to us! It’s important we deal with it together, as soon as possible, because it may affect your wellbeing or increase the risk of respiratory illness.
So, what’s damp?
If your home hasn’t been properly protected from the elements, there’s damage to the roof or windows, there is rising damp or you’re experiencing leaking pipes, this can create damp.
If the damp is caused by one of the above problems, you’ll usually notice a “tidemark” on the walls. We want to help! If you notice this, please contact us right away, and we’ll do all we can to protect your home from weather conditions and undertake any necessary work.
If you can’t see a “tidemark”, or any damage to the pipes and/or exterior of your home, but you’re still experiencing damp conditions, it’s likely this is caused by condensation.
There is always some moisture in the air, even if you cannot see it. If the air gets colder, it cannot hold all the moisture and tiny drops of water appear on surfaces within the home.
Think about when you take a breath on a cold day, or your mirror mists over when you have a bath. This is condensation.
It doesn’t leave a “tidemark”, and occurs mainly during cold weather, whether it’s raining or dry.
You’ll probably notice it on cold surfaces or in places where there’s little movement of air. Keep a look out in corners, near windows, in or behind wardrobes and cupboards – especially if the walls are north-facing.
How can you prevent condensation?
Some of the daily activities we all do in our homes can lead to condensation – but there are things we can do to make a difference and minimise this! Try some of these tips:
1. Produce less moisture by:
-Covering pans whilst cooking, and try not to leave the kettle boiling for a long time or below cupboards
-Avoid using paraffin and portable, flueless bottled gas heaters as these put a lot of moisture into the air
-If you can, dry washing outdoors on a line – your clothes will dry quicker and it’s much better for the environment. If you can’t dry outside, use a clothes airer inside the bathroom with the door closed and a window open or extractor fan on.
-Vent any tumble dryers on the outside, unless it is the self-condensing type. DIY kits are available for this.
2. Ventilate your home to remove moisture – don’t worry, you can ventilate your home without making a draught!
-Keep a small window ajar or a trickle ventilator open (when someone is in the room) to remove any excess moisture
-Ventilate kitchens and bathrooms during use by opening the windows wider as these rooms produce a lot of moisture which will naturally lead to condensation.
-Close the kitchen and bathroom doors during use, even if your kitchen or bathroom has an extractor fan. This will help prevent moisture reaching other rooms, especially bedrooms, which are often colder and more likely to get condensation.
-Avoid putting too many things in cupboards and wardrobes as this stops the air circulating. If possible, position wardrobes and furniture against internal walls!
3. Insulate, draught proof, and heat your home. This is a great way to cut fuel bills too! Condensation is less likely to happen when the whole home is warmer.
-At night-time in the winter make sure you close your curtains as you’ll keep the warmth inside and stop any draughts.
-In very cold weather, keep low background heating on all day, even when there is no one at home.
-Make sure you know how to operate your heating. If you have any questions, get in touch and we’ll be able to help you – that’s what we’re here for!
-If possible, use central heating systems instead of a gas or electric fire in order to heat all rooms rather than just one.
If you find that even after trying some of these tips, you still have damp, mould or condensation in your home – the best thing to do is get in contact with us. We’ll visit your home and look at preventative measures.
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