What is condensation and how does it lead to damp and mould?
There is always moisture in the air, even when you cannot see it. When the air gets colder, it cannot hold all the moisture and tiny drops of water appear, particularly on cold surfaces - this is condensation. Condensation can lead to mould.
Mould will appear as small black and green spots. Mould is a living organism so needs killing to get rid of it. To do this you can wipe down affected areas with a fungicidal wash following manufacturer’s guidelines. The only lasting way to avoid severe mould growth is to eliminate the moisture in the air.
Key areas that are prone to damp appearing are above skirting boards on external walls, bathroom and kitchen ceilings, corners or edges of first floor bedrooms or near loft hatches, doors or windows.
Why does my home suffer from mould, but others don't?
Every property is different, but all homes will experience some form of condensation, if there is not sufficient ventilation available. This could mean switching on extractor fans or simply opening windows during high moisture activities such as bathing or cooking.
The south west is a particularly prone area to condensation due to the amount of moisture naturally in the air. This means that we need to do more to keep our homes ventilated. Other additional factors could be the age of the property, the heating and insulation. If you have condensation in your home and it's leading to damp and mould please contact us as soon as you spot any issues so we can survey your property to see what else may be able to be done to help.
What should I do if I spot damp or mould in my home?
At NDH we have a hands on approach to investigating the causes of damp and mould with the aim of eliminating it. It's vitally important that you report it to us at the first sight of any damp or mould in your home so we can get to the root of the issue before it gets worse. It might be a bigger issue such as a roof or plumbing leak so it's important you report it at the earliest chance.
Damp and mould can be caused by a number of factors and we want to work with customers to find the problem and tackle it together.