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What are the signs of condensation, damp and mould?

If your property is suffering from condensation and damp, you may notice the following indicators:

  • Wallpaper starts to peel
  • Damp patches appear on walls
  • A build up of moisture on your windows
  • Musty, damp smell
  • Water runs down walls and windows
  • Mould growth, most commonly on exterior walls
  • Staining on walls

What can I do to prevent condensation, damp and mould?

There are several preventative measures you can take to help inhibit any condensation issues from appearing within your home:

  • Ensure that any washing machines or tumble dryers are correctly vented.
  • If possible, dry clothes outdoors to prevent excess moisture escaping into your property. If this is not possible, open doors or windows.
  • When taking a shower or cooking, ensure that your kitchen or bathroom doors are closed to avoid excess moisture from escaping into other rooms.
  • Cover your pans when cooking to avoid the steam from escaping where possible.
  • Use an extractor fan, if you have one, when cooking or showering.
  • Alternatively, open a window for at least 15-20 minutes.
  • Cover fish tanks and move houseplants outdoors if necessary, as both pets and plants produce moisture.
  • Wipe down and dry surfaces after you are finished using them in the kitchen or bathroom, as excess moisture can quickly turn to mould.
  • Do not overfill wardrobes or cupboards- overfilled spaces such as these are breeding grounds for mould as the air cannot easily circulate.
  • Keep furniture at least 50mm away from surrounding walls so that air can easily move around your property. Similarly, put wardrobes against internal walls, rather than external, if possible.
  • Ensure that the property is adequately heated.
  • Open the windows slightly in any rooms you regularly use.

What can I do to tackle condensation, damp and mould?

If your home has condensation-related issues, it is imperative to get these sorted as soon as you notice the signs. Here are some ways you can tackle the problem in the first instance:

  • Wipe down affected walls and window frames with a fungicidal wash.
  • Dry clean or machine wash mildewed clothes and shampoo mouldy carpets.
  • Redecorate using fungicidal paint or if wallpapering, use a fungicidal resistant paste.

What can I do if the problem is more severe?

If the problem is more severe, you should contact us at Homemove Sales & Lettings as soon as possible, so that we can notify the landlord and consider any longer-term action that may be required. Call the office on 01925 405400 or email info@home-estateagents.co.uk

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