28th November 2022 | Advice for Landlords,Advice for Tenants

How to avoid mold & condensation as well as dampness in our homes – Practical tips and ideas

During the cold months, it is very common for properties to suffer from damp and mould growth due to condensation.

Mildew and mould are fungi, which are extremely happy in the damp environment. They can lead to significant damage to our homes and cause some serious health issues like respiratory problems, irritation of skin and eyes, strong headache, and sinus congestion.

It is more dangerous for the very young, the elderly, those with underlying health conditions and weakened immune systems.

The warmer the air, the most moisture it can hold.

If moist air is cooled by contact with cold surfaces, such as walls, windows or mirrors, the moisture condenses into water droplets (known as condensation)

The control of condensation requires a combination of sufficient heating, ventilation, and insulation.

Continuous low level background heating would be beneficial instead of any short bursts of heat.

Double glazing, draught proofing, loft, or wall insulation will help to reduce the amount of heath lost.

Ventilation is the key to allow moisture-laden air to escape from the home before condensation occurs.

Having extractor fans in the kitchen and bathroom, where moisture is more likely to appear, will be very effective in reducing the condensation.

How to reduce condensation

Mould-inhibiting paints and sprays can also help to reduce the effects of condensation.

Other causes of damp

Check the following:

This type of damp is called penetrating damp, and generally leaves ‘tide marks’ and mould growth around the area of defect.

Signs which may indicate you have a problem in your home

What are the symptoms of mould exposure

Here are some useful videos also: