Safeguard your home against mould this Winter
Heavy rainfall, cold temperatures and heaters all cause condensation that can lead to indoor mould problems. Mould is a living organism, belonging to the fungi family, that has the ability to spread and grow in damp, humid and wet conditions. Exposure to mould can lead to health issues, such as respiratory diseases and skin reactions. Preventing mould is key to protecting the health and wellbeing of you and your household.
- Open windows, when possible, to ventilate your home.
- Keep doors shut. Since kitchens and bathrooms are the most common sites for mould, try to confine excess moisture to those rooms when in use.
- Clean carpets regularly.
- Check for leaks or cracks that could be bringing excess moisture into the home.
- Clear the clutter. The more belongings you have, particularly stored in cupboards and wardrobes, the less space air has to circulate.
- Don’t dry clothes indoors. Without ventilation, the moisture will evaporate from the clothes and settle on the ceiling and walls inside your home. Whenever possible, dry clothes outdoors or within a well-ventilated room.
- Clean extractor fans. Commonly found in your kitchen or bathroom, extractor fans are essential for filtering out humidity. Make sure they are not clogged and able to function properly.