Clever ways to prevent mould & damp in your home this summer
Condensation, mould and damp are never terms homeowners want to hear, as they can be bad for your health, the contents of your home and can be costly to fix if they are ongoing problems. Normally it’s a problem to be tackled during the winter, but it can still impact your home and the occupants during the summer months too. If you’re worried about treating or preventing mould and damp in your home this summer, read on for some clever tips and advice.
Manage the moisture from showers and baths
When you shower, you create lot of additional moisture in your home, and if it isn’t extracted properly, it can lead to mould and damp build up indoors. To prevent this, always shower with your extraction fan turned on in the bathroom (and regularly clean out this filter as it can become clogged with dust over time making it less effective). Always open the window and shut the door too to prevent the moisture from making its way into other rooms. Once you’ve finished showering, dry the tiles with an old towel which will further reduce the amount of moisture in this room.
Pots and pans need lids
Cooking can create some extra condensation in the home, which can lead to damp if not handled carefully. Again, use your oven extraction fan to manage this extra moisture, and always cook with lids on pots and pans – this will help your food cook quicker too. Your oven door can be left open after you’ve finished cooking to heat the kitchen and reduce the chances of mould appearing in this room.
Drying laundry inside is a quick way to result in mould and damp, especially if you can’t create ventilation. Take advantage of the good weather and dry clothes outdoors. If the weather doesn’t allow for this, dry them in the bathroom if possible as this room is better equipped to deal with damp conditions. If you can’t do this in the bathroom, why not consider a dehumidifier which you can use to pull the excess moisture out of the room? Managing humidity indoors is a crucially important factor for preventing mould and damp in your home this summer.
If you have pushed your furniture up against the walls of your home to create more floor space, you might find that mould can develop behind larger items. To overcome this, try pulling furniture such as wardrobes and sofas a few inches away from the walls, so that air can circulate behind here.
Check your gutters
If you have noticed damp or mould around the walls in specific areas, it might be the gutters on your home’s exterior to blame. If you don’t regularly clear your gutters from debris, the water has nowhere to go, except to make its way through your walls. Clear your gutters at least once per year, and ensure that they are not cracked and spilling water against any part of your home.
Paint with mould-resistant products
If your home continues to suffer with mould and damp, make sure you are using the right products to tackle it. Paint which is specially designed to resist mould can be applied in the kitchen and bathroom, which should prevent or at least slow the build up.