How to get rid of damp and mould in your home

How to get rid of damp and mould in your home Cheslyn Building Contractors

Many people have experienced issues with damp and mould in their property at some point and the winter months tend to escalate the problem. With dampness a common problem in the UK, it’s good to be well versed on how to prevent it from creeping in. It can occur in any property – however expensive or well-maintained. Our latest article looks at ways to get rid of damp and mould in your home and hopefully prevent a reoccurence with some simple tips.

What causes damp

In its simplest form, damp is caused by condensation. As the temperature falls, condensation rises, creating moisture on windows each morning which will eventually cause mould and damp .Condensation occurs when moist air comes into contact with a colder surface like a wall, window, mirror etc. The air can’t hold the moisture and tiny drops of water appear. It also occurs in places the air is still, like the corners of rooms, behind furniture or inside wardrobe.

Penetrating damp is when water comes through a building from the outside. It comes through the walls and creates stains and mould growth and defects in guttering, poor build quality and rushed, poor rendering can be causes.

Rising damp is the general term for water that rises up through the fabric and brick walls of a building after being absorbed from the surrounding ground. This process is called capillary action.

Open a window

Opening a window is the cheapest way of getting rid of excess moisture. The stagnant inside air is warm and moist, whilst the outside air is cooler and drier – doing something as simple as opening a window will allow the excess moisture to escape. Alternatively, you can open the window vent as a secure way of airing out your property whilst you are out.

Buy a dehumidifier

Dehumidifiers are designed to keep a rooms humidity levels in check, so the air is more comfortable and you notice fewer physical signs of damp air, such as mould on walls or condensation on windows. It will reduce the level of humidity in the air, by sucking in air from the room at one end, removing the moisture, and then blowing it back out into the room again, adding warmth in the process.

Insulate and draught-proof your home

Warm homes suffer less from condensation, so you should make sure your house is well insulated. This means insulating your loft to the recommended depth of 270mm (about 11 inches), and your cavity walls (if your house has them). Your windows and external doors should be draught-proofed, and you should consider secondary glazing if your windows are draughty.

Avoid drying clothes on a radiator if possible

Draping wet clothes over the radiator means that moisture will be carried into the room on a warm air current and will stick to the first cold surface it hits, normally a wall. The best solutions to winter laundry are a home tumble dryer or a launderette, but these are not practical answers for everyone. If your only option is to dry clothes indoors, then use a clothes horse to allow air to circulate and position it several feet away from the radiator. Unless it’s snowing outside, it is also a good idea to open the window a fraction to allow moisture to escape.

Serious damp problems may require that you consult a qualified surveyor. They will take a moisture reading at your home, identify the cause of the problem and advise you on the right course of action.