vk transport student services NEWSFLASH!

We've heard your cries!

You told us in 2013 that one of your major complaints r.e. student accommodation is damp, mould and mildew!

Info from: SCC

This article equips you so that you can SAY NO to damp by reducing mould

growth and condensation

What is condensation?

Condensation is caused by warm moist air coming into contact with

cold surfaces such as windows and walls.

Why is condensation a problem?

When condensation builds up on a surface, it can cause mould to grow

If left untreated, this can lead to severe dampness and the

results could be very harmful to your health.

What can I do to avoid a build up of condensation?

These simple steps will reduce moisture in your home which will help

to prevent condensation and mould growth:

• Regularly wipe clean surfaces which are prone to condensation

• Move furniture away from the walls so there is a gap to allow air flow

• Increase ventilation by opening windows wide on opposite sides of your home

for 15 minutes every morning to allow moisture laden air to be taken away

• Put lids on pots and pans in the kitchen when cooking

• Use the cooker hood or extraction fan if you have one

• Don’t use a gas cooker to heat your kitchen as burning gas creates moisture

• Avoid drying clothes inside. If you have to, make sure a window is open in

the room where the clothes are drying. Don’t put clothes on a radiator or in

front of a fire

• If you use a tumble dryer, make sure it has a vent to the outside or is a

condensing dryer

• Close the bathroom door when having a bath or shower, and open the window

when possible for at least 30 minutes afterwards

• When filling a bath, run the cold water first, then top up with hot water

This reduces steam by up to 90% - preventing condensation

• Dry bathroom surfaces after a bath or shower

• Leave window trickle vents open if you have them

• Do not cover fans or vents

• Heat your home/room evenly. Keeping the heating on a low level all day rather than

high blasts should help reduce your heating bill

• Do not overfill wardrobes and drawers to allow air to circulate

This includes periodically leaving drawers and wardrobes doors open

for a period of time every day

Equipment to help reduce condensation and mould growth

How to get rid of mould

If you deal with the condensation, you can then sort out the mould:

• Wipe down walls and window frames with a fungicidal wash

Take all necessary precautions recommended

• Dry-clean affected clothes and shampoo carpets

• Take care – disturbing mould by brushing or vacuum cleaning can make it airborne and increase the risk of respiratory problems.

VK Transport - Student Services

Thank you to Southampton City Council

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