14 Top Tips How To Reduce Mould Problems
The main reason a property suffers from mould is because the home is NOT properly ventilated. If your home suffers from condensation on windows it is likely that your home will be affected by mould spores. Increase your homes ventilation
- Baths & Showers
After taking a bath or shower there will be excess moisture in the air. Make sure all bathroom extraction fans are working correctly. Keep bathroom windows open after taking a shower or bath. Keep the bathroom door shut as much as possible when bathing or showering, so the excess moisture does not escape into your home. Many bathroom are insufficient, check they are performing correctly by switching the fan on and holding a birthday card against the fan. If it can hold the card without you supporting it the fan is probably working ok. If not, replace it.
- Open Windows
Make sure that you open windows to allow additional airflow. This will help to combat condensation. You will need to open windows on both sides of the property to allow airflow.
- Keep Doors Open
Keep internal bedroom and living room doors open throughout the home. (however, keep bathroom and kitchen doors closed when bathing or cooking) Try to keep bedroom doors open throughout the night. Breathing causes moisture.
- Keep Lids On When Cooking
Keep lids on pots and pans when cooking. Stop moisture from escaping. Keep kitchen windows open when cooking.
- Sufficient Heating
Heating is important. Try and keep a consistent temperature throughout the winter months. Cold air releases moisture easier than warm air.
- Clear Guttering
Clear all guttering. Make sure all the guttering is clear of leaves etc before the winter months and the rainy season.
- General Property Leak
Make sure there are no leaks through the roof or chimneys.
- Unblock Ground Air Bricks
In older properties make sure air bricks are open to create airflow. Ventilation is extremely important.
- Old Blocked Chimneys & No Ventilation
Make sure old blocked off chimneys have sufficient airflow. Blocked chimneys should still have a grill fitted to encourage air flow.
- Drying clothes on Radiator
Try and avoid drying clothes on radiators in the winter months.
- High Occupancy Levels
Occupancy levels. A high number of occupants will increase the chances of excess condensation and mould problems. This is more relevant in student houses or multi let properties (shared houses) If a bathroom is being used 5 times per day then you probably need to upgrade to high performance extraction fans. It is the landlord’s responsibility to make sure the correct ventilation is installed.
- Mould Removal Products
Mould removal products. There are many specialist mould removal products on the market. They are highly effective but they are only a temporary fix to the problem. The mould will return after time. On average they prevent mould from returning for up to 90 days. The only permanent solution to mould is effective correct ventilation.
- Regularly Clean The Carpets
When you live in a home that suffers from black mould, dust mites are a fundamental problem. Regularly clean the carpets, bed clothes and sofas. Dust mites can potentially aggravate breathing conditions such as Asthma. Mould also causes bad smells and the occupants become nose blind. Damp mouldy properties are a breeding ground for dust mites, mould and fungi. Keep the property well ventilated.
- Dust mites and Mould
Dust mites are a major problem for damp, mouldy households. Dust mites live in bedding, carpets, and soft furnishings. Dust mites thrive in homes that do not have adequate ventilation and where the relative humidity is high. Reducing humidity levels reduces dust mites. Carpets, bed clothes including mattresses should be frequently cleaned and hoovered.