Mould is a common problem in homes during the winter. Here are some simple tips to avoid it becoming a problem
Damp and condensation occurs when there is a build up of moisture in the air. There is always some moisture in the air, even if you can’t see it. Moisture is produced during everyday activities such as cooking, bathing, drying clothes and even breathing.
What causes condensation?
Warm, moist air condenses and forms water when it comes into contact with a cool surface, such as a wall or window. It is important to remember that condensation is not caused by water penetrating from outside of your home, it is caused by moisture which is produced from inside the home.
There are four main factors that cause condensation:
- Too much moisture being produced within the home
- Not enough ventilation
- Cold surfaces
- The temperature of your home.
Everyday activities add extra moisture to the air inside your home. You may notice that there is condensation on your windows first thing in the morning. This is because one person breathing adds half a pint of moisture to the air over night.
Problems that can be caused by excessive condensation
If the condensation can’t dry out it will cause mould to form on walls and furniture, and mildew to grow on clothes and other fabrics.
This winter has been very difficult for people financially due to the increase in heating costs and this more than likely will mean that heating of homes will be limited this year. This will add to the issues around mould and excessive condensation.
Reduced air flow through ventilation and restricted spaces through hoarding can also add to the problem.
If you are experiencing excessive mould please contact us on 01962 790588 We will ask you some questions to understand the extent of the issue and then arrange for someone to come to your home to examine the problem.