It’s that time of year where the weather can start to cause a mixture of problems inside and outside of the home.
With leaves on the ground and in the guttering being problematic externally, internally it’s a whole different matter as damp and mould can cause landlords problems no matter how old the property is.
This is a common problematic area for landlords and my|deposits want to help. Along with Surveyors, Walker Management, we have produced a guide specifically to tackle the problem. The ‘Understanding damp and mould’ guide will offer expert advice and with the right precautions, damp and mould could be a thing of the past.
Along with the guide we also have a brand new video packed with best practice advice:
What’s the cause?
Condensation and moisture are the simple causes of mould growth which happens when warm moist air produced by something as simple as coking or showering comes into contact with a cold surface like a window or wall.
Without ventilation the warm moisture will remain on the cold surfaces creating the perfect breeding ground for mould, often leading to outbreaks in the corners of rooms and in cupboards. However, it’s not limited to just cold surfaces. Depending on the condensation spread you may also notice furniture and clothes becoming affected too.
It is true that condensation and bad ventilation isn’t the only factor that can cause mould growth. Rising and penetrating damp, blocked guttering or external plumbing can also trigger growths.
There are a few examples of what could cause condensation in properties; these range from a lack of insulation, especially in older properties, cold spots and thermal bridging and the aforementioned lack of ventilation.
The ‘Understand damp and mould’ guide looks into the causes of condensation in much more detail. For landlords it’s vital to know what is behind damp and mould before you can pass on advice to your tenants on how to prevent or tackle the problem.
Breaking the mould
The correct balance of heating and ventilation can tackle condensation and therefore prevent the growth of mould.
Improving ventilation by opening windows and trickle vents along with having a constant temperature in vulnerable rooms are the biggest remedies in tackling damp and mould.
Preventing moisture build up is another way of stopping growth at the source and the guide has best practice tips on how to do this.
To download the ‘Understanding damp and mould’ guide simply click here.