Protecting your home from damp and mould
Winter is in full swing, and with it comes dark, damp and dreary weather. It’s this time of year that mould can appear, so it’s important to treat this where you can, or report it to us as soon as possible.
If you have mould on your walls and ceilings, you need to first try to clean it off. But if the mould growing on walls or surfaces appears again after it’s cleaned off, or you smell strong odours or see condensation that doesn’t go away, you need to report it to us. You must report it to us to help us tackle it before it gets worse.
What are the early signs of damp and mould?
Here are a few early indicators your home you may spot before mould growth starts to appear:
- Streaming windows and walls
- Damp areas can appear on walls, especially behind furniture and in corners
- Wallpaper can start to peel
- Blackened window frames
- Soft furnishings and fabrics become prone to mould and mildew
Day to day activities such as cooking, washing, bathing, ironing and even breathing all add to the problem. In a property of just four people, each person will contribute around four pints of moisture per day, adding up to well over 100 pints per week. That’s a lot!
What to do if you have damp and mould
If you have mould on your walls and ceilings, you need to first try to clean it off. Mould can be removed by using a damp cloth and a mould-specific cleaning product from your local supermarket. When removing mould, you should wear protective gloves and a face mask and always follow the product guidance.