PREVENTING DAMP & MOULD

To ensure you’re able to fully enjoy your home, you’ll want to keep it free of damp and mould. We’re sure you're already aware of most of these suggestions but it’s always worth having a refresh!


There are three types of damp that typically appear in homes:


Condensation

Generally condensation isn’t something to worry about, it’s normal for it to appear on cold windows overnight in a bedroom or while the heating is on. It’s caused when the air indoors can’t hold any more moisture. However, if you find it’s happening constantly or on cold walls it could potentially create mould. There are key areas in homes where this can happen, mainly the kitchen and the bathroom.


Here’s what you can do to avoid condensation:


Be aware that if you can turn a ventilator on you must do so when cooking, showering/bathing, drying clothes inside.


You can help to avoid condensation forming by doing the following:




  1. Opening your bedroom window for 15 minutes every morning to allow it to dissipate

  2. When cooking put lids on your saucepans

  3. If you can then dry washing outside, if you can’t make sure the window is open or that the room you’re drying them in is well ventilated.

  4. Avoid drying clothes in rooms where they take a long time to dry

  5. Make sure you’re regularly ventilating rooms by leaving the doors open to circulate air

  6. Unless you’re cooking in which case open a window, put the fan on and shut the door.

  

If you do have an issue with mould:


Only remove mould yourself if it's caused by condensation and covers an area less than 1 metre squared (1x1 metre or 3x3 feet) in total. If it’s more than this please report it to us. This advice is quoted from the NHS website: 

  1. Fill a bucket with water and some mild detergent, such as washing-up liquid or a soap used for hand-washing clothes

  2. Use a rag dipped in the soapy water to carefully wipe the mould off the wall. Be careful not to brush it, as this can release mould spores

  3. When you've finished, use a dry rag to remove the moisture from the wall
    afterwards, put the rags in a plastic bag and throw them away

  4. All the surfaces in the room should be thoroughly cleaned by either wet wiping or vacuuming to remove any spores


The other types of damp are:


Penetrating damp

Penetrating damp generally occurs when there is an internal leak or plumbing issue within a
property, with water coming through the walls or roof.

 
Rising damp
Rising damp is a problem most often found in older houses, where moisture in the earth below it is drawn up into the bricks or concrete at the bottom of the house.


If you see either of these please report it to us as quickly as possible so we can look into it.


By following these simple tips you’ll avoid one of the main causes of damp and mould.