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Easy Tips to Get Rid of Damp

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Have you noticed that your walls or doors are damp or have mould growing on them? Maybe your window frames are starting to rot? Well these are all classic signs of having a damp house. Not only can damp make your home look unpleasant but it can also make your house feel cold and provoke health problems such as respiratory conditions.

Damp occurs when moisture in the air comes into contact with cold surfaces, such as a window or wall, and then turns into water droplets, and with no ventilation will become damp. Condensation is always worse during the colder months of year but everyday things such as washing and cooking also contribute. That’s why bathrooms and kitchens are the rooms most likely to suffer from problems such as damp and mould.

So we’ve come up with some easy tips to help you get rid of damp, leaving you with nothing but a warm and cosy house this winter.

1)      Get rid of any current damp patches

To remove any mould from walls, wipe it down with a fungicidal wash and follow the instructions for the best results. Try not to brush the mould off as this can increase the risk of potential respiratory problems.

After you have treated the mould, redecorate to avoid the mould reappearing again – if you’re wallpapering then use a wallpaper paste that contains a fungicide.

2)      Deal with condensation

Condensation that gathers in the same places repeatedly with lack of ventilation will turn damp and eventually develop into mould. To avoid this from happening, wipe down any wet surfaces, your window sills for example, with a cloth and wring out the cloth and repeat until it is completely dry. If you’ve showered, wipe down the tiles and thoroughly dry them to avoid mould forming in the grout.

3)      Ventilation

Ventilating your house will help remove the moisture from the air but don’t worry, there are things you can do to achieve this without making your house cold and draughty. When someone is in the house keep a small window slightly ajar, this will allow a small but constant air flow to move around the room.

When drying clothes on radiators, cooking or bathing, make sure you take extra measures to ventilate the room as these are times when there will be increased humidity. Keep the doors closed to prevent the moisture from spreading to other rooms and open the window wider. It’s also worth investing in good extraction fans for both the kitchen and bathroom to increase the air flow and diminish any opportunity for mould to grow. If you have enough room, then pull furniture forwards so there is a space between it and the wall to help air circulate.

4)      Introduce heat

A warmer house will eliminate mould by reducing moisture and therefore condensation too, so try to insulate your house and prevent draughts wherever possible. Loft insulation, cavity wall insulation, double glazed windows and doors will all help retain heat. Ideally a low level of heating throughout the house all day would be the best option to dry your home and could also be cheaper than having to pay for expensive damp treatments.

5)      Property Maintenance

Introducing all the above points will help to get rid of mould inside your property, but you should also carry out maintenance checks around the outside of your property as well.  For example, you should make sure that all leaves and soil are kept away from external walls as the moisture from these can get into the bricks and then  into your house. Also check there are no drains dripping against external walls, as the constant wet surface can bring damp and mould into the home as well.

Keep your eyes peeled for the early signs of damp and deal with the issue as soon as you first discover it. Not only will this keep your house warm and looking nice but it will also keep you and those you live with in good health.

To help your house stay free from damp, get in touch with Windows Direct London today for information on double glazing. Our friendly team are specialists in supplying and installing double glazing throughout the London area and will be happy to help. 

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