25th November 2020
7 practical ways to avoid mould and damp in your rental property
As the weather outside turns colder and and we turn up the dial of our heating thermostat, it can sometimes cause unwanted house visitors climbing the walls of our homes. We’re not talking about spiders; we’re talking mould and damp.
Damp can be a real headache to treat, caused by factors such as condensation as a result of a build-up of moisture through everyday activities like cooking, airing washing and bathing.
Spotting the early signs of condensation such as a damp or musty smell, lifting wallpaper and excessive condensation on windows can enable your letting agent to take early protective action of damp and mould and prevent it from becoming an issue.
In the meantime, here are some simple remedies to prevent damp and mould becoming a permanent unwelcome house visitor in your rental property.
We’re not suggesting leaving your house with the windows wide open, but whilst you’re taking a shower or on days when it’s not so cold, opening the windows will help neutralise the air and prevent condensation.
Keep window vents open all year round
If your windows have vents, keep them open all year round – not just in the summer. This creates a passage for fresh air to keep flowing through your home without you feeling the cold.
Keep bathroom door closed
When you are taking a bath or shower, keep the door shut to prevent steam from the hot water escaping into other rooms of your property.
Buy a dehumidifier
If you start to recognise early signs of damp in your home, purchase a good quality dehumidifier to soak up excess moisture. You’ll be amazed how much it can help purify the air too.
Cleaning your gutters once a year will also help keep your drains healthy and prevent blockages, particularly if you have trees in your garden as they can get full very quickly in the autumn.
Use the extractor fan whilst cooking
If you are cooking food on the hob, put the extractor on to soak up any moisture caused by steam and smoke escaping. This also prevents your home smelling like chip shop after you’ve cooked a meal!
Heat your home
Heat your home throughout the winter at a steady temperature to help insulation. Damp occurs when warm air hits cold walls, but by maintaining a healthy temperature you’ll keep your walls at an optimum temperature so that cold doesn’t penetrate through.
If you do spot early signs of mould or damp in your rental property, inform your landlord or letting agent (if property is under management) right away so that action can be taken to avoid it becoming an issue during these colder months.
Speak to our lettings team today on any issue regarding your rental property. We’re always on the other end of the phone.