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Avoiding Mould in Your House

18 May Rental First

1 out of 2 series

WHAT IS CONDENSATION?

Condensation can cause dampness and mould/mildew growth in your home or investment property. This looks unpleasant and can increase the risk of respiratory illness. It can also cause wooden window frames to rot. This article will explain how to keep mould to a minimum.

Condensation starts as moisture in the air, usually produced by cooking, washing, drying clothes inside or gas heaters. When it hits cool surfaces such as walls, mirrors, wall tiles and windows, it condenses and forms water droplets. The moist air rises when it is warm and often ends up on ceilings and in upstairs rooms and eventually it forms mould.

WHY IS IT A PROBLEM?

If you leave it untreated, condensation can result in mould growth on walls, ceilings, furniture, furnishings and clothing in cupboards & drawers. It can also affect wall plaster and cause woodwork to rot.

HOW TO REDUCE EXCESS CONDENSATION IN YOUR HOME:

  • Open windows during the day in each room if possible or any trickle vents. This allows a change of air.
  • Close Kitchen & Bathroom doors to stop steam going into colder rooms.
  • When cooking or washing, let the steam escape out of an open window or use an extractor fan. Leave the windows open for 20 minutes after you have finished cooking or washing.
  • Wipe down surfaces when moisture settles, to stop mould forming.
  • Do not block air vents and allow air to circulate around furniture.
  • Always have minimum of 4 cms gap between walls and furniture.

To be continued (1 out of 2 series)

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