How to Prevent and Tackle Condensation and Mould

Condensation and Mould: How to win the battle against them.

Condensation and mould are often linked, as condensation can lead to mould growth. Both landlords and tenants have a role to play in preventing and tackling mould. There are a number of things that landlords and tenants can do to prevent condensation and mould. These include:

  • Ventilating the property regularly. This can be done by opening windows and doors, or using extractor fans.
  • Keeping the property warm. This will help to prevent the air from becoming too moist.
  • Insulating the property.
  • Checking for leaks. Any leaks should be repaired immediately, as they can cause condensation and mould growth.
  • Cleaning the property regularly.

What to do if mould appears?

If mould does appear, it is important to act quickly to remove it. Mould can be removed by:

  • Wiping down the affected area with a damp cloth.
  • Use a mould remover.
  • Painting the affected area with an anti-mould paint.

It is important to note that mould can be harmful to your health, so it is important to wear gloves and a mask when removing it.

Landlords can help to prevent condensation and mould by:

  • Ensuring that the property is well-ventilated.
  • Checking the heating is working well.
  • Insulating the property.
  • Looking for signs of mould during regular inspections.
  • Promptly repairing any issues that could cause condensation or mould growth.
  • Discussing the issue with tenants to raise awareness.

Tenants can help to prevent condensation and mould by:

  • Avoiding hanging clothes to dry indoors with the windows closed.
  • Leaving a gap between furniture and walls of at least 10cm so the air can circulate.
  • Opening windows regularly.
  • Using the extractor fan when cooking and showering.
  • Wiping down wet surfaces such as shower screens and curtains.
  • Closing the kitchen door when cooking will stop moist air from moving to other parts of the property.
  • Reporting signs of mould and any necessary repairs to the landlord or letting agent.

By working together, landlords and tenants can help to prevent condensation and mould growth. This will help protect the health of everyone who lives in the property.

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