How To Prevent Damp, Mould and Condensation | ‘How To’ Guides with Sanctuary Housing

Welcome to the first of a range of video’s
designed to keep you and your home tip top this winter. In this video we’re
going to talk to you about damp and mould and show you some simple ways to prevent damp, mould and condensation in your home. What is condensation? There’s always some moisture in the air, even if you can’t see it every day things like
cooking, washing, drying clothes and bathing, release moisture into the air.
When excess moisture settles on a cold surface for instance a wall or window
and in places where there is little movement of air, such as behind furniture
it appears wet, this is called condensation. If condensation occurs on
the same surface for long periods of time, for example, a wall it becomes damp and mould will usually grow. To prevent condensation in your home you can follow
these simple tips: First ventilate your home. Open your kitchen and bathroom
windows when you’re using them to allow steam to escape. Move furniture away from walls to allow air to flow. If your extractor fan is not connected to your
bathroom light, make sure it’s switched on to help dry out your bathroom. Check
any air vents around your home and make sure they’re not blocked.
If you have trickle ventilators the small vents built into modern windows,
keep them open. Next, regulate your heating, in cold weather the best way to
avoid condensation is by keeping background heating on low all day. If you
don’t have heating in every room of your home, then open doors to these rooms and let the air circulate. Produce less moisture. When cooking keep internal
doors closed to prevent moisture spreading to other parts of your home
and cover pots or pans with lids where possible. Ensure tumble dryers are
vented outside, or positioned in a ventilated room if they are the self
condensing type. Avoid drying washing on a radiator, dry washing outside whenever
possible, or put it in the bathroom with the door closed and the window open or extractor fan running. Wipe down windows, window
sills and even walls regularly, preferably daily to prevent the build-up
of condensation. Do not fit shower hoses to baths unless your bathroom has adequate ventilation. Finally, what is mold and how
can you treat it? Mould can appear in a variety of forms, but it usually develops
as small black spots and can grow on walls and ceilings, even if they have
been decorated. You can remove mould in the following ways: Use a household mould cleaning product. Keep window vents open especially in bedrooms which are closed
off and therefore have poor air flow for longer periods.
We hope you found this video useful look out for more videos from Sanctuary
Housing, providing you with simple tips on how to carry out minor DIY jobs in
your home.

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