Top seven tips to minimise mould risk

Published: 05/12/2012

As temperatures dip, condensation rises which increases the risk of mould, particularly in residential properties.

Condensation is, by far, the most common cause of mould growth and is, typically, produced through cooking, washing and internal drying. While it is unlikely that residential properties can be kept completely condensation free, there are some simple things that you can do to keep it to acceptable levels.

  1. Dry all surfaces, including windows and windowsills, which have become wet
  2. Keep the temperature inside the property at a reasonably constant level
  3. Dry your washing outside whenever possible. If the rain refuses to let up and leaves you little other option, hang your washing in the bathroom with the door closed and the window open ajar
  4. Don’t hang wet clothes on the radiators
  5. If you use a tumble dryer to dry your washing, make sure it is well ventilated to the outside or is a new condensing type
  6. When using the kitchen, be it cooking or washing up, try and keep the room ventilated by opening a window or using an extractor fan and continue to ventilate for at least 20 minute after use
  7. For properties particularly prone to condensation, it may be a good idea to purchase a dehumidifier unit.

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