Recently there have been a lot of talks about mold in the news and unfortunately in rented properties mold caused by condensation is very common in winter months in the UK.
Most importantly, whenever you notice mould – clean it. If you are a tenant and you care about your health, then clean it asap.
And let’s talk about what is required to avoid mould growth at your home. Cleaning it is important, but preventing it from growing is essential.
* Reduce the moisture. At night breathing we produce large amounts of water in the air. We’ll, of course, won’t stop breathing, but it’s important to let this moisture out. Opening windows when possible is important.
It is also good practice to open windows wide for a few minutes every day to ‘air’ the house and let the moist air out. Dry air in a house makes it feel warmer, so a better aired house uses heat more efficiently.
*If you have water accumulating on windows in the mornings – clean the water. You can also use the small dehumidifiers on window seals to help with moisture.
* Keeping the home warm when you are home is essential. It’s recommended 20 to 21 degrees. You can switch it to 16 to 18 degrees at night and when you are not home.
* Don’t dry your clothes in the room and don’t cover your radiator with clothes or covers. Use a tumble dryer when possible or dry clothes in the room where the window is open and has good ventilation.
* Always using your kitchen extractor fan when cooking is really important. Also closing the kitchen doors when cooking (at HMO properties kitchen doors should always be closed) and opening the window when cooking helps too. Cooking – Cover pans when cooking and open a window and use the extractor fan.
* Let the air flow everywhere. Leaving a small 4 cm gap behind the furniture is a must if you struggle with mould. The ear will circulate much better. Ventilate cupboards and wardrobes. Don’t put too many things in them as it stops air from circulating.
* When using shower or bath – close the door, switch on the fan or open the window. Steamy shower will create lots of water in the air and if the door is kept open the humidity will go into the room causing mould growth.
* Keep the doors open in the problematic areas where mold has been noticed to help with air circulation. Cooking – Cover pans when cooking and open a window and use the extractor fan.
* Don’t keep open food in the fridge or cupboards past its sell by date.
* The first signs could appear around windows, in the silicone sealant around the bath, shower, and sinks. Mould may also form in the washing machine powder drawer. Keep the washing machine door open when not in use and wipe it after the use.
I hope this will help you to look after your home as well as your health.