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How to avoid mould in your house

How to avoid mould in your house

Why Mould Is A Problem

Having mould in your house can lead to various health problems, such as allergies, asthma, and respiratory infections - especially in children or those with weakened immune systems.

It can also cause structural damage to your property, which can be dangerous and expensive, so if you suspect mould in your home, it's essential to get it taken care of as quickly as possible.

The Signs You Have Mould In Your Home

A musty smell in the air can indicate dampness or mould, and sometimes it's hard to know exactly where it is, as mould can appear behind in-built furniture, underneath wallpaper, or even under the floorboards.

Mould usually spreads, so when it starts in one place, you'll see it in another not too long after - this can appear as blue or black patches or sometimes smaller spots. Black mould is especially problematic and can soon start spreading to your furniture and even clothes, so it's important that is taken care of as soon as you notice it.

How To Treat And Avoid Mould

Too much moisture and inadequate ventilation are among the biggest causes of mould in homes. In some countries, rental contracts have a ventilation clause as a standard that requires tenants to open the windows for at least 30 minutes each day to allow air circulation and prevent mould.

Even if it's winter and freezing outside, you should still have the windows open each morning for a short period so that moisture can escape.

If you take a shower or are cooking in the kitchen, the steam from these rooms will latch onto the walls and eventually turn to dampness which is the cause of mould, so opening your windows or using an extractor fan helps take the moisture out of the air and away from your walls.

Another big cause of mould is drying laundry indoors without opening windows.

If you find mould, you need to ensure that you treat the mould and get to the root cause. Otherwise, you'll find that it keeps coming back.

Finding the root cause of mould can be tricky, and sometimes this requires the help of a professional.

Sometimes it can be linked to a leak somewhere in the property, such as the roof, which needs to be fixed, but in many cases, mould is lifestyle-related due to not allowing ventilation.

Mould is a serious health hazard, but you can avoid it by carefully cleaning and allowing ventilation in your home.

We hope this post has given you some useful tips on dealing with mould and hopefully preventing it from returning.


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