Keeping Your Home Mould Free
Updated: Mar 24, 2020
Mould in the home is more common than many would realise. From a tiny patch around a window frame or in the shower to whole walls and ceilings covered in black, it’s a problem that most people will experience in one form or another and shouldn’t be ignored as it can go on to cause damage to the building’s infrastructure, respiratory problems and illness.
Most building materials contain a certain amount of moisture, and if it can’t evaporate it creates a breeding ground for the mould. You’ll find it in rooms that have little ventilation and high humidity (bathrooms and utility rooms), where there’s been a leaking pipe, or where poor maintenance on the exterior of the property has allowed water to find a way in (cracked walls, damage to the roof, gutter issues etc). Once you’ve found the issue, preventing it from happening again and removing the existing mould should be easy.
To prevent possible spread, at the first sign of serious mould growth contact a professional. They will help you assess the problem and help you find a way to tackle it. It may involve simply wiping it away or could mean that you need to tear out the affected mould areas. Mould can get into all sorts of places you cannot see!
Check humidity levels
Mould thrives at 60% humidity and in damp spaces, so if areas in your home do suffer with high humidity, then it is a good idea to install a dehumidifier. This will remove moisture from the air which will bring your humidity levels down. Installing extractor fans and vents in bathrooms will also do this job – if you have one already, make sure it’s maintained and cleaned regularly.
Check loft ventilation
Heat in the home rises, and in colder months will meet the cooler parts of the roof and cause condensation. Making sure your loft is properly ventilated by installing a ridge vent or a loft fan can help minimize the risk of mould. Also, if you are installing new insulation use products with good moisture management as this lets the water vapour escape instead of gathering.
Check the exterior of your property
As stated above, good property maintenance should catch any issues before they develop into something more serious. Regularly checking the outside walls for cracks or leaks, checking inside after heavy rain for any evidence of water coming in, making sure the roof and chimney don’t have any cracks or missing/slipped tiles and ensuring the guttering is kept clean and clear of debris will help to ensure the risk of mould is low.