Spring has consistently proven itself to be a favourable season for DIY. Maybe it’s the string of bank holidays, or perhaps the brighter weather. Whatever the root of your motivation, the coming months will likely see many of us reaching out for a bucket of paint and brush. What many of us do forget is that now would also be a great time to run a quick health check over our properties. A simple overview could uncover any underlying issues, saving you time and money in the long run, but will also help ensure your hard DIY labour is not in vain.
Having been in the property industry for over 25 years, a common culprit in such instances proves to be condensation. Condensation is simply the build-up of moisture, which eventually forms mould around the home. Many of us are subject to this unwelcome guest, but while it is almost impossible to entirely mould-proof a property, we can strengthen our defences.
So, before we set about freshening up our homes, here are our tops tips on dealing with this problematic visitor head on.
Before we can put up our defences against condensation, it is important to identify which areas of your home are most at risk. Condensation usually forms where air circulation is restricted, or in cooler parts of the home. These could include areas such as external walls, the rear of kitchen cupboards, around external windows and doors, or where ceilings and floors meet the outer wall.
A consistent flow of heat and air will help to maintain the right level of moisture in your home and ultimately prevent condensation. Just a few simple steps can help you achieve this, to name a few; keep the bathroom and kitchen doors closed whilst washing, leave the window slightly ajar when using these rooms, aim to leave the windows open for at least 20 mins after you have left, cover pots and pans when cooking, and avoid hanging washing indoors to dry when possible. If your windows benefit from air vents, aim to leave them open during the day to allow air to flow around your property.
Guttering is a common cause of damp, so check the external walls of your home for any moisture or damp patches. It is also worth noting how the terrain around your home slopes, do ensure water does not gather around your property.
Reputable hardware stores sell devices that allow you to monitor the levels of moisture within your home. Investing in such gadgets will allow you identify specific areas of concern, which you can then tackle on an individual basis, but also allow you to maintain a suitable level of humidity.
As initially discussed, where there is moisture, there will soon be mould. The simple principle here is to keep moisture at bay, using the good old fashioned method of simply wiping it away. Keep a vigilant eye for both minor incidents, such as small spills of water and the build-up of condensation around the windows, to major occurrences such as burst pipes or the gathering of heavy rainfall. Come what may, the aim here is to dry it as soon as you can.
These simple steps can work wonders in ensuring condensation is kept at bay around your home, and we do hope they prove useful to you.
As a trusted lettings agent we regularly update our landlords and tenants with simple tips and advice on maintaining your property. If you require any additional advice or are considering putting your property up for let, why not pop into our offices in Fleet, or contact us on 01252 514000, or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.