How To Deal With Domestic Damp and Mould?
Why Does Mould Appear in Your Property?
Mould is caused by a saturation of damp in your home. It can be a threat for your home and even for your health. Damp is usually present in 3 forms: condensing damp, rising damp and penetrating damp. The most common one is condensing damp and is mainly due to washing and cooking (evaporation). Those activities release moist air than condensate when touching a cold surface such as a wall. The main places where mould appears are close to windows and in the bathrooms where you create damp due to shower, washing machine etc…
How to Prevent Mould Spreading?
When the mould is present in your home, it is hard to make it disappear. Nevertheless, there are ways to control where it goes and to handle its propagation.
- Reduce existing moisture
- When cooking let the cover on the pan, when possible, to prevent a large amount of water to get into the air and fixes itself on cold surfaces.
- Install your cloth rack outside when possible to content the humidity outside your home.
- Keep doors closed but windows and kitchen hood on while cooking to counter the propagation of damp and mould in your home.
- Make sure air is flowing inside your home: ventilate!
- Create draught to make sure your house is ventilated by opening two opposite windows.
- Install extractors fans when needed (kitchen and bathrooms)
- Keep your home heated
By ensuring your property is warm, it will avoid the condensing process that creates moisture. To do so, keep a steady temperature in your house, that can however vary between your bedroom and your living room. It is important to insulate your place properly to prevent the development of dampness.
To benefit from the same temperature in different rooms of your property, some boilers have the option of a room thermostat and regulator. You can also plan for a week when the temperature should change. Therefore, by acclimating your home to be heated in a same way most of the time, this will avoid the apparition of mould.
What to Do When There Is Mould Already?
Do not panic, there are a lot of products that are made to eradicate mould! Be careful to follow the safety instructions as some of them can be dangerous to manipulate. You can also choose to invest in paints that inhibit mould to develop on your walls again.
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