How to Prevent Damp and Mould in Your Home
Damp and mould are not only eyesores but could actually cause damage to both your home and your health! We took a look at what causes condensation related damp and how you can treat it by reducing moisture, ventilating and heating your property.
What Causes Damp and Mould?
There are 3 kinds of damp; penetrating damp, rising damp and condensation damp. The most common kind is condensation damp which can be caused by a whole range of activities including washing, cooking and even breathing! These actions cause moist air to be released, which when it hits a cold surface turns into condensation. You will often see patches of damp and mould formed from condensation around windows and in more severe cases on walls.
How to Prevent Condensation
Creating moisture is inevitable but there are ways to reduce how much is produced and control where it goes.
Reduce the Amount of Moisture Produced
There are plenty of ways to reduce the amount of moisture produced in your home:
- Put lids on pots and pans when cooking.
- Dry laundry outside when possible.
- Make sure your tumble drier vent points outside.
- Stop moisture spreading through your home by keeping doors closed when you are cooking, showering etc.
Ventilate Your Home
Making sure your home is well ventilated is key to reducing the amount of condensation possible. Try and ventilate during and after activities that might cause lots of moisture and follow these tips:
- Use extractor fans where possible, especially when cooking or taking baths and showers.
- Opening windows also helps, try and open two or more to allow air to flow through your home.
- Add trickle vents to windows for a small amount of extra ventilation.
Heat Your Home
One of the most effective ways to beat condensation is to keep your home warm. Keeping a steady temperature is the best way to go about this where possible. Ensuring your home is well insulated will help to reduce heat loss, making it cheaper to maintain a steady temperature. A high efficiency condensing boiler can also help cut down the cost and will produce less co2.
Treating Existing Damp and Mould
If you already have damp or mould, not to worry. There are plenty of products available to remove, treat and even prevent the return of mould growth. Making sure you follow the safety precautions outlined on the product, use a fungicidal spray to clean away the mould and allow it to dry (ventilate well when you do this).
Once you have treated the mould you can redecorate the unsightly patches it may have left. There are even paints and sealants designed to inhibit the growth of mould – again make sure to follow the instructions carefully with this kind of product.