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Stop condensation, damp and mould

Stamp out damp this new year

It’s freezing outside and we all want to feel toasty warm indoors, but if you’ve noticed damp and mould in your home, you’re going to need to take action.

It’s freezing outside and we all want to feel toasty warm indoors, but if you’ve noticed damp and mould in your home, you’re going to need to take action.

Why is my home damp?

Damp and mould is caused by condensation. This happens when warm air settles on cold surfaces like walls and windows. Condensation is completely normal but you might be making it worse by drying your laundry indoors or creating lots of steam in the bath or shower.

If condensation builds up, it can cause mould spots to grow in your home, which look awful and can cause health issues.

How can I stop it?

There are lots of simple things you can to keep your home warm and dry, avoid condensation and stop damp becoming an issue:

  • Regularly wipe clean surfaces which are prone to condensation
  • Ventilate your home – open windows every morning and when cooking, showering and having a bath (and leave them open for 30 minutes afterwards) and leave window trickle vents open
  • Move furniture away from the walls to allow air flow
  • Put lids on pans to prevent steam
  • Use your extractor fan if you have one
  • Avoid drying clothes inside. If you have to, make sure a window is open in the room where the clothes are drying and don’t put damp clothes on a radiator or in front of a fire
  • When filling a bath, run the cold water first, then top up with hot water; this reduces steam by up to 90% and prevents condensation
  • Heat your home evenly, keeping the heating on a low level all day, rather than high blasts, will help reduce mould and your heating bills

There’s lots more information and useful advice to prevent and tackle mould on our web pages.

If you notice mould spots on your walls, wipe them down with bleach or buy a special fungicidal spray available from DIY shops.

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