SAY NO TO DAMP, MOULD & MILDEW
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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
• 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.