Six Tips to Reduce Condensation and Black mould in your home

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Thinking of selling or renting your property?

According to statistics in Censuswide 44 % of Britons would be put off buying or renting a property with mould and condensation.

To find out how you can reduce mould and condensation in your home, read below;

1) Reduce moisture in the home

Ordinary daily activities produce a lot of moisture to prevent this we suggest the following;

  • Dry clothes outdoors, try to avoid drying clothes indoors or if you have to, dry them on a clothes rail in the bathroom with the door closed and either and extractor or a window slightly open.
  • Vent tumble driers to the outside (never in the home or buy a condensing type.)
  • Cover pans when cooking.
  • Do not use paraffin or liquid petroleum gas heaters. They produce large amounts of water vapour and are very expensive to run!

2) Remove excess moisture

Always wipe the windows and window sills in your home every morning to remove condensation. This is especially important in the bedroom, bathroom and kitchen – just opening the window is not enough.

3) Ventilate to Remove Moisture

It’s important to remove condensation and excess moisture by ventilating your rooms. You can ventilate a room without making draughts or causing it to become cold.

To do this you may only need to open a window slightly or use the trickle vent that can often be found on new UPVS windows. This allows warm (but moist) air to escape the outside and let in cool (but dry) air. 

Always ventilate or open a window in kitchen or bathroom and close the door to prevent the air spreading, continue to ventilate for a short time after a shower.

  • Clear window sills of clutter that will restrict opening the window.
  • Leave space between the back of furniture and cold walls.
  • Ventilate cupboards, wardrobes and avoid overfilling them as this prevents air circulating.
  • Do not completely block chimneys and flues-fit with an air vent and make sure you meet ventilation requirements for any gas appliances in a room.

4) Heat Your Home a Little

In cold weather, the best way to and avoid condensation is to keep low background heat on all day rather than short bursts of high heat when you are in the house.

5) Insulate and Draught-proof

Insulate the loft up to a depth of 10 inches (25cm) or consider wall cavity insulation.

6) Dealing with Black Mould

Black mould can grow on walls, ceilings, furnishings and even on clothes and toys, which can be depressing and expensive.

  • Carefully remove excess mould with a damp cloth and throw away after. Or if possible use a vacuum cleaner and empty after. Do not brush mould as this releases spores into the air.
  • Wipe down effected areas using fungicidal wash or diluted bleach-remember always use rubber gloves and wear safety glasses.
  • Tee tree oil is a natural antiseptic and disinfectant but it’s also great for cleaning especially on mould and mildew.
  • After treatment redecorate using a fungicidal paint or wall paper paste – do not paint over using an ordinary paint.
  • Dry clean mildewed clothes and shampoo carpets

Remember… dealing with condensation is not easy. Only carrying out one or two of the above steps may not solve your problem. You need to do as many as possible every day so that it becomes part of your habits and lifestyle.

 

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