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Dealing with Dampness: How to Prevent and Remove Mould

If you’re struggling with dampness and mould in your home this winter, it’s crucial to address it sooner rather than later. Mould can lead to respiratory problems, skin and eye irritations, and even neurological symptoms, making it a serious concern. That’s why we’ve provided a few key tips to help you manage and eliminate mould in your home.

1. Improve Ventilation

Airflow is essential for managing dampness and mould. Excess steam, often caused by hot water in the kitchen or shower, can spread throughout the home, leading to moisture problems. The best way to remove steam is with ventilation/exhaust fans, particularly in bathrooms and kitchens. Additionally, opening windows and doors to promote cross-ventilation can help, especially when the weather is warm enough. This will blow away excess moisture and keep the air dry.

2. Control Humidity Levels

Indoor humidity refers to the level of moisture in the air. Homes prone to high humidity levels can face interior dampness and mould issues. Use air conditioners and dehumidifiers to help keep the house dry. A handy trick is that certain indoor plants can help control humidity levels as they absorb moisture from the air.

3. Regular Maintenance and Inspections

Water ingress can be challenging to monitor, but routinely checking for leaks during the winter months is crucial. Leaks from older windows or poor roofing can significantly contribute to mould growth. Regularly inspect and clean gutters and downpipes to avoid dampness in the home. This maintenance can prevent water from entering and causing mould issues.

4. Condensation Management

 Condensation, caused by the temperature difference between the inside and outside of your home, is a major cause of dampness and mould. It forms similarly to how water appears on the outside of a cold glass. This moisture needs to be managed to prevent mould. Double-glazed windows can significantly reduce condensation, as can store-bought moisture absorbers.

Stay Dry and Stay on Top of Your Home’s Health

Excess dampness and moisture can be extremely damaging to your health and your home. By managing these simple points of entry, you can make a significant difference in preventing mould and maintaining a healthy living environment.

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