In these dark damp winter days make sure your home stays cosy and warm! Dampness can be problem for many at this time so we have put together some tips to prevent dampness in your home.
– Cooking, showering and washing all introduce moisture to your home. The best way to get rid of this moisture is with externally vented extraction fans and vents. These are standard in most homes, if you live in an older home and you don’t have these, open windows during or after cooking, showering and washing up. You may not necessarily feel moisture in your home, but it can linger in the air and be absorbed by furnishings and other materials.
– Dry clothes outside or in a vented clothes dryer. Try not to use indoor clothes racks for drying clothes. The moisture in the clothes will end up in your home. The tiny particles of moisture evaporate into the air as your clothes dry.
– Air your home. Open windows and doors at the same time once or twice a day to air the house and let moisture escape, even in winter. Don’t forget to open wardrobe and cupboard doors.
– Ventilate your bedroom. Sleeping with your bedroom windows open a crack lets out the moisture that naturally builds up over the night.
– Air your bedding, especially in winter. Duvets, pillows, and other heavy bedding absorb moisture over time, so air them outdoors when it’s sunny.
All of the above tips will prevent dampness and damp smells from building up in your home and creating a musty feel.
If mould has built up in your home there are ways that you can get rid of it easily, without having to call a professional. Mould builds up as a consequence of dampness in your home. It can have effects on some people’s health due to inhalation of the mould and dampness in the air. These health effects may include a stuffy nose, irritation of the throat, coughing and wheezing. Mould tends to grow where there is a lot of moisture for example where there are leaks around windows or on roofs. To remove mould from places like walls and ceilings, simply add bleach to water and apply directly to the area to kill the mould.
If you are having constant problems with damp and mould you should contact an expert who may be able to fix the ventilation in your home.
An excess of stuff in your home can make it difficult for moisture to exit through vents. It may mean that vents are blocked or covered by furniture or storage shelves. To avoid this problem and restore proper ventilation in your home, a self storage unit is a great way to store your excess of stuff and prevent your house or apartment becoming musty and damp.