Damp and mould
Protecting your home from damp and mould
If you notice damp, a build up of
moisture or even mould somewhere in your home, you’re not
alone. Every year the repair service gets many enquiries about
this. In many cases the problem is caused by condensation, which
can be greatly improved when understood and simple measures
Condensation occurs in many situations but the
first thing to do is to check that any problem isn’t being caused
by a leak e.g. from a pipe or a roof. If mould is found against an
outer wall or window or in more than one place, then it’s more
likely due to condensing moisture.
So what can you do to avoid problems?
- Reduce moisture in the first place increase ventilation – air
- Cover cooking pans, keep the kitchen door shut and open the
window if possible.
- Dry clothes outside. If you can’t - open windows and close the
- Avoid drying clothes over radiators.
- Vent your tumble dryer to the outside.
- Keep the bathroom door closed and open the window after taking
a bath or shower.
- Regularly wipe down damp windows, walls and other
- Have windows open when someone is in.
- Open kitchen and bathroom windows and shut the doors so
moisture doesn’t spread.
- Open the trickle or night vent in double glazed windows.
- Make sure air bricks or other openings aren’t blocked.
- Keep cupboards and wardrobes well aired.
- Keep furniture away from outside walls to maintain air
- Keep an even heat in your home. It’s better to keep heat on low
for longer and avoid hot/cold extremes.
- In the colder months, try wearing comfortable layers of
clothing, rather than a t-shirt and turning up the heat.
- Regularly monitor damp areas and wipe over with a cloth so that
mould doesn’t develop again.
If you need our help, please us on
0845 688 7717