Whether you live in a modern property or more traditional housing, any home can be at risk of damp. If your home has excess moisture, mould can begin to appear, which not only affects the look of your property, but can cause damage or risk the health of you and your family.
Any number of factors can cause dampness in your home, including condensation, rising ground water and structural problems. While it is possible to deal with dampness and mould after they have appeared, prevention is far easier, and cheaper.
By following these three simple steps, you can stop excess moisture entering your home, thereby preventing dampness and mould.
Reduce the amount of moisture you produce
Avoid drying clothes in the house without opening a lot of windows. Ideally, use a tumble drier or hang your garments outside.
Cover pans while cooking and use the extractor fan, and only boil as much water as you need in your kettle, or use a teapot for large batches.
Keep your home well ventilated
Ventilating your home is the easiest way to ensure excess moisture in the air can easily escape. In the warmer months, keep windows open throughout the home at least partially, to allow good airflow throughout the building.
Invest in a dehumidifier
Originally seen as a bit of a luxury, dehumidifiers have come down in price in recent years, making them more accessible to the average home owner. These devices are particularly useful if your property has rooms that don’t get a lot of natural light or ventilation.
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