Whether you’re about to sell your home or are still happily living in it, damp and mould are two problems that need to be quickly rectified. Both issues are usually related, and are an indicator of an overall household condensation problem.
But what can you do to fix it? Luckily, condensation isn’t a massive household problem, and is generally easily rectified. More will require more work, but the same is true of any issue. Like any problem, damp and mould can be fixed if you take time to understand the causes and solutions available to you.
What causes damp and mould?
Essentially, damp and mould are caused by too much moisture in the air. The air can’t hold any more, and this excess moisture causes damage. Everything from leaky pipes to the rain to even showering can all contribute to this effect, so identify the cause fast!
Damp and mould can also negatively effect your own and the health of your families. Coughing, throat irritation, nasal blockage and even skin irritation can all be caused by too much exposure to mould. So, what can you do to stop it? The following post will detail a number of ways you can see your house back to 100 percent shape.
Appliances to the rescue!
Sometimes, the only surefire way to cure damp and mould on a consistent basis is with certain tools and equipment. Dehumidifiers are your main option, and they work by collecting moisture from the air which they’ll then store in their tanks. The larger their capacity, the more moisture they can hold. So, base your dehumidifier purchase on the severity of your problem. If it’s spread across two rooms, then you’ll need two machines!
You can browse the various options available to you on a site like . A dehumidifier should be used in tandem with some of the other mould-blocking options listed below, for maximum effect.
Dry your clothes outside
Line-drying your clothes has . In the cold of winter, this isn’t really an option (unless you own a drying machine). Drying your clothes outside stops that moisture from entering the air inside your house. Instead, it’ll seep off into the external air, and won’t cause any long-term damage to your walls.
Open windows for a short amount of time each day
It’s understandable to want to keep all the windows shut on a cold winters day, but opening them has numerous benefits. For starters, your house will get a blast of fresh air, which can eliminate odours and stale environments. Additionally, your damp and mould woes can be eased somewhat. Opening a window allows some of that moisture in the air to escape outside, freeing up airspace and ensuring that the damp can’t collect.
So, there’s your quick guide to the causes of mould and damp and some ways you can fix it. Of course, not every problem has a cure, so you should assess the seriousness of your situation before making a decision!
For more on identifying household problems, have a read on checking foundation damage in the home.