Preventing damp and mould in your home
There are lots of reasons why damp and mould can occur in homes. We'll investigate the causes thoroughly in every case.
Keeping your home healthy – damp and mould support
If you're worried that damp and mould could appear in your home, here are some tips to help avoid it:
1. Remove moisture in your home where you can
A common cause of mould is condensation or moisture on surfaces in your home. This is most common in areas such as kitchens and bathrooms.
To avoid this wipe condensation or water droplets from walls, tiles, shower screens and windows.
If you discover a leak or damp patch in your home, please report this to us as soon as possible by contacting our customer service centre or your Neighbourhood Housing Lead, and in the meantime dry the area if you can.
2. Keep your home properly ventilated
Try to open your windows regularly to let out moist air and let fresh air in and use any extractor fans you may have.
To stop moisture from spreading when you are cooking or bathing, keep the doors to the bathroom and kitchen closed.
3. Stop rooms from getting too cold
Very cold rooms can provide ideal conditions for mould to grow, so It’s recommended you don’t let the temperature in your home fall below 14°C (the ideal temperature for your living room is 20°C; for the bathroom and children’s room, it’s 23°C and for the bedroom and kitchen 16°C).
4. Try not to dry clothes on radiators
Drying clothes on radiators increases the moisture that they release and can create damp spots in your home.
Instead, hang them on a clothes airer, and place them in a well-ventilated room with any doors to the rest of your home closed.
5. Avoid placing furniture close to walls
Mould can grow in spaces where air can’t circulate, so avoid leaning large items of furniture or storing lots of items against walls, with no space for air to move.