Break The Mould: How To Prevent Damp From Damaging Your Home

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Mould is a fungi caused by dampness and humidity indoors. As well as bringing down the appearance of your home, mould indoors can be bad for your health. Mould has been linked to various respiratory problems including Legionnaires disease in extreme cases. Fortunately, mould is easy to remove – a thorough scrub with soap and hot water can often get rid of it. Various prevention methods can further stop it from reappearing. Here are a few ways to deter mould in your home.

Fix up any leaks

Leaking water is one of the major causes of mould. This could include rainwater leaking in through a damaged roof or a crack in a wall or a broken window frame. It could also include an interior leak from a pipe or a fixture. Detecting leaks isn’t always easy. Sometimes you may hear a leak but not know where it is – it could be in a wall or even under the floor. A professional plumber may be able to carry out acoustic leak detection to locate the problem. You may be able to repair certain leaks yourself, whilst others may need professional intervention.

Defend against rising damp

Mould at the bottom of walls and on skirting boards is usually a clear sign of rising damp. This is caused by water in the earth travelling upwards and soaking up the wall. Walls should always have a waterproof layer coated on the inside known as a damp proof course. Having this installed in your walls or repairing an existing damp proof course could be the solution to your problem.

Install extractor fans

Ventilation is key for preventing damp and mould. This could be a simple case of leaving windows open and letting flow through the house. In the kitchen and bathroom, a more advanced form of ventilation may be required such as installing an extractor fan. These fans are great for sucking steam out caused by a shower or cooking food.

Buy a dehumidifier

Another gadget that could help to prevent mould in your home is a dehumidifier. These gadgets suck moisture from the air and circulate it back out as dry warm air. Electric dehumidifiers are the most effective means of removing moisture from the air. There are also a number of natural dehumidifiers that you can try out such as salt rock lamps and various plants.

Buy a tumble dryer

Another source of mould is wet clothes. Hanging these indoors can increase the chance of damp. If the climate outside doesn’t allow you to hang your clothes outside, it could be worth investing in a tumble dryer. These appliances can heat up your clothes more effectively and eliminate the risk of mould. Modern tumble dryers are surprisingly energy efficient and affordable to buy. If you don’t have the space for a tumble dryer, you could consider buying a two-in-one washer/dryer.

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