How to prevent mould and dampness

Mould Prevention

It’s important to know the tell tale signs of mould building in your property, and what causes it, which is dampness. So our latest blog will look at the ways to prevent dampness, but also what actions to take if it’s too late and there is a build up of mould.

IMG_9866Most dampness is formed by condensation, and there are different ways to tackle condensation, but first let’s look at how to avoid it completely before we need to deal with mould.

Condensation is the product of moisture, so a simple solution would be to produce less moisture in your home during your daily activities such as cooking and washing clothes.

When cooking all you need to do is cover the pots and pans your using, so that the kitchen isn’t constantly exposed to the steam from the boiled tatties!

Although it’s not an ideal solution in Scotland, try to hang your clothes outdoors to dry if possible, or use the bathroom with the door closed and open window, so that the condensation is exposed to the open air and isn’t clogging up a concealed room.

Now, if you own a tumble dryer don’t just assume that your problem are immediately solved, you must make sure that it’s vented to the outside, unless it’s the self-condensing kind of course.

As condensation is always present, especially in the cold weather (again more often than not in Scotland) there must be ventilation in your home, or you will most definitely fall victim to mould.

Adding ventilation to your home is not a difficult job to do, such as simply adding an extractor fan, but we wouldn’t recommend taking it on yourself, this is something better left for professionals or someone with experience doing this.

Until then, open the windows wider, close the rooms in use when cooking or drying clothes, even if you have an extractor fans. This is to stop the moisture reaching the other rooms.

Of course the problem may not be a result of condensation. The dampness could be coming leaky pipes, rain seeping through a missing slate or tile on the roof, which is more likely to happen after bad weather.

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