For many of us, much of the summer is spent working on improving our homes; a fresh lick of paint, some new flooring or some décor alterations. So with the shorter days of autumn beginning to kick in, now is when we really get to enjoy the fruits of our labour and admire our fresh, new surroundings. Unfortunately, along with the wet autumn weather can come unwanted damp and condensation that can cause mould to appear around the home. This isn’t ideal after all your efforts, so let’s take a look at some of the ways we can get to grips with any potential damp now, after all, prevention is better than the cure.
Simply put, damp arises as a result of excess moisture, which most commonly results in condensation forming around the windows and doors of the home. It is actually quite a common issue, affecting a significant number of property owners across the UK. Poor ventilation and property maintenance are the most common reasons for producing damp. But it does come in many shapes and forms, making it even more difficult to determine a plan of action to combat it.
To summarise, there are three main forms of damp;
2 – Penetrating damp, essentially caused by water finding its way through the fabric of a structure.
3 – Condensation, the most common perpetrator. This arises as a result of moisture being absorbed into a warm atmosphere of a property.
Damp can do significant visual damage to a property as it results in black mould forming around the home. It can also pose numerous heath risks for you and your family, as it triggers breathing problems and asthma, making it even more important to take steps to avoid it from occurring in the first place.
In our bid to help safeguard you, your family and your home, we have put together a list of simple ways to avoid damp.
Ensure your washing machine or tumble dryer is vented correctly. 2L of water is emitted into the air from just one load of washing.
When cooking, boiling a kettle or taking a shower or bath, ensure that your kitchen or bathroom doors are kept closed to prevent steam getting in to colder rooms.
Cover your pans with a lid when cooking to reduce moisture.
Leave the extractor fan on, or windows open, for an extra 15-20 minutes after cooking to help clear the air.
Showers and baths can generate a lot of steam so ensure that your turn on the extractor fan or open a window to get rid of the steam.
House pets and plants can also produce moisture, so make sure you cover fish tanks and possibly move plants outdoors where feasible.
Don’t overfill wardrobes and cupboards as this results in a lack of ventilation which is a breeding ground for mould.
Run a quick MOT of your home, looking out for leaking pipes, overflowing wastes, missing roof tiles and gaps around the windows and doors.
Make sure your furniture is at least 50mm from the surrounding walls so air can move freely around the home.
Try to put wardrobes against internal walls in your bedroom as they won’t be as cold as external walls.
If you use a room on a regular basis, open a window slightly to improve ventilation.
Wipe away condensation as it occurs to avoid leaving marks and mould behind.
Try to keep rooms warm enough to avoid condensation by keeping low background heating on all day, even when there is no one at home.
In short, your home just needs to breathe, so take some time over the coming weeks to see how you can improve the ventilation around your home.
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