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 email@example.com
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