The ugly truth about mould is that it’s a type of fungus that can grow in virtually all homes across the UK. Mould doesn’t discriminate where it grows and causes problems: it can affect old homes and new-build properties.
Homeowners, householders, and construction companies across Britain employ various tactics to limit the risk of mould occurring in residential properties to varying degrees of success.
You’re likely reading this blog post today because you’ve got a mould problem in your home. Whether it’s a new issue or an ongoing one, you’re keen to get rid of mould once and for all. The trouble is that you’re unsure which are the best methods to use in your situation.
With that in mind, take a look at the following five ideas to give you some inspiration on the subject:
1. Keep The Air Flowing In Your Home
One of the most common reasons for mould growth in any home is that there is little to no fresh air circulating indoors. Today’s modern houses and residential properties are very well insulated due to the installation of double or triple-glazed uPVC windows and doors.
While such additions to any home ensure that warm air stays indoors during cold spells, the downside is that they don’t allow fresh air to circulate throughout each room.
That’s why it’s a good idea, where possible, to open all windows each morning to “air” the home.
2. Install A Whole-Home Air Conditioning System
You might think that air conditioning is something only the wealthy can afford in their homes. However, the installation costs of whole-home air conditioning systems are cheaper than you think.
What’s more, air conditioners also serve as dehumidifiers. As you might already know, mould can only grow and spread in humid or moist conditions indoors. Air conditioners filter the air and remove any indoor moisture to virtually eliminate future mould growth.
3. Use Breathable Exterior Materials On Walls
Another common reason mould can occur inside any home is when water – and moisture – can enter the wall cavities through cracks in exterior bricks or mortar.
Getting your bricks “repointed” is one way to stop that from happening. But, it’s expensive and time-consuming, and the effects of weathering mean you’ll have to do the work again in just a few short years.
Instead, it’s better to use silicone render on exterior walls to provide a protective yet breathable layer that helps stop excess water ingress. You can search online for a silicone render supplier or find examples at your local DIY outlet.
4. Have A Rigorous Cleaning Schedule
You might not realise it, but if you’ve got a lax cleaning schedule in your home, you could be unknowingly helping mould to grow and spread throughout your abode.
Consider dedicating an hour or so each day to cleaning and tidying your home – and make sure you rope in some helpers from your household!
5. Install A Decent Bathroom Extractor Fan
Last but not least, if your bathroom doesn’t have an extractor fan, get a building contractor or electrician to install one for you. Powerful extractor fans that vent out moisture from bathrooms will minimise the spread of moist air throughout other areas of the home.