Having a damp home can lead to mould build up in your bathroom and on your windows. This can be a pain to clear off, as you feel like you’re constantly re-washing the same three gaps between the tiles above your shower. It can also lead to other problems too, like hard to get rid of pests and, more severely, health issues. But how do you prevent this from happening in the first place?
It’s suggested that you keep checking your home regularly and get things fixed when they need to be. This may be sealing over a cracked bit of watertight bathroom sealant or fixing a leaky shower- but the causes to damp and mould may not be as obvious as this. Sometimes, these little signs can be hints that there is a far deeper, and far more urgent problem at hand.
What is damp caused by?
Damp can be caused by cold drafts bringing moisture in from windows and external doors that aren’t double, or triple glazed, or from bringing wet items into the house. Damp can also be caused by leaks in your roof. These are problems that are difficult to fix, so it’s better to call in an expert to make sure nothing is irreparable, because leaks can cause a variety of problems that may not be obvious. For example, they can damage the internals of the ceilings, walls, the floors. They can cause cave-ins, stagnant water issues and rot, and are very often unnoticeable until it’s too late.
The best advice for these issues is to get your roof and windows looked at by an expert. This will help identify and lower the risk of problems. This is essential for your home’s wellbeing- especially if you live somewhere with wet and windy weather conditions. Let’s take Colorado, for example. It is ranked as second in the USA’s hail insurance claims. That’s why companies such as Next Wave Roofing’s roof repair in Johnstown work so well in these states with unpredictable and harsh weather, especially in the winter and spring.
Here are some ways to keep your home free of damp and mould:
- Ventilate your house properly by making sure you have a working fan in the bathroom.
- Stop condensation from going on the walls and floors.
- Check your attic or loft frequently for damp patches or drafts. Your loft or attic should also be insulated.
- Keep windows closed or on night vent during the rainy and windier days in your region.
- Put draft excluders under all your external doors.
- Check your radiators and heaters for any leaks or blockages.
- Don’t put wet items against walls.
These are just some ways that you can prevent damp and mould in your home. To wrap up, it’s best to keep checking your house regularly and make a routine of doing prevention methods in your home. Everyone around the house can help, and it can be turned into games to keep the children preoccupied in winter!