Damp causes health issues in the home, causes problems for the structure of property and is also unsightly. So, how do you fight it? Here are eleven ways to do just that.
Is your home’s damp proofing up to scratch? This is pivotal in the fight against damp and can have a notable impact on excess moisture in the home. Damp proofing your home or even improving on what’s there is the number one way to fight damp.
Whenever possible, try drying your clothes outside in order to prevent the build-up of excess moisture at your property. If you can't dry your clothes outside then store them in your bathroom with the windows open and the door closed until they are completely dry.
Whenever you are taking a shower, cooking food, or boiling water in a kettle, make sure to keep the bathroom or kitchen door closed so that the moisture from the air doesn't get into the colder rooms in your house since that will cause the formation of condensation when it comes in contact with cold surfaces.
When you are cooking, make sure that your pans are covered with a lid so that the moisture that is being generated from the boiling water is reduced. Also, make sure to use the extractor hood if there is one above your stove or an extract fan if there is one installed. Those are both designed to help with reducing moisture that is created while you are cooking. Don't forget to turn the extractor fan off as soon as you are done cooking since there could still be moisture in the air after you are finished, rather than leaving it on for 10-15 minutes to clear humid air away. Or you can buy an extractor fan that has smart humidity sensors that speed up whenever you start to boil water or slow down after humidity levels are back to normal.
When you are taking a bath or shower, similar to when you are in the kitchen cooking, make sure our extractor fan is turned on to remove moisture and steam that is generated whenever you are running warm water within a cold environment. That will help to reduce how much condensation appears on the walls and windows of your bathroom.
Paraffin heaters and portable gas bottles generate lots of moisture, in addition to plenty of toxic fumes. This kind of heat can cause excessive condensation and is also a safety and health hazard. Most tenancy agreements disallow them in rented houses and apartments.
Houseplants and pets can also produce lots of moisture. Be sure that your fish tanks or aquariums are covered in order to prevent excessive amounts of moisture. If your walls start to have damp patches on them or you are noticing more surface condensation on the walls and windows close to your houseplants then try moving them outside.
If there isn't an extractor fan in either your kitchen or bathroom then be sure to wipe any cold surfaces down after taking a shower or cooking to remove excess moisture that might have settled. That excess moisture that is in the air can sit on the surfaces and turn into mold quickly if it is not dealt with.
Don't overfill your kitchen cupboards or wardrobes. Trapped air moisture inside of overfilled warm cupboards and lack of ventilation can result in mold developing since there is not enough space for the air to freely circulate inside. You may notice that your clothes feel damp or a musty smell. That is a definite sign that your cupboards are too full.
Also, make sure that your furniture is away from surrounding walls by at least 50 mm, to allow the air to circulate properly. Try to make sure to place wardrobes against your bedroom's internal walls since they won't be as cold as the external walls are and won't be as likely to cause mold and damp issues.
Making sure that your property is heated adequately will help to increase the internal temperature of your home's surface and reduce the chances of condensation. Make sure your house is energy efficient as well by having double glazed windows and insulated walls installed to prevent heat from escaping from your property.