Mold Fighters: Winter Strategies for a Fungus-Free Home
Many homeowners and tenants within the UK are preparing to combat one of the most prevalent domestic adversaries: mold. With over a fifth of homes in the UK facing issues related to dampness, mold, or condensation, and a limited understanding of the causes and control measures, tackling the problem can seem like a daunting task.
For those dealing with persistent mold problems, the key to preventing its spread lies in moisture control and maintaining effective home ventilation. Yet, as the temperature drops each day, the challenge becomes keeping homes well-ventilated without sacrificing warmth. So, how do you achieve this delicate balance? Here are some tips to help you effectively fend off mold this winter.
Dampness and Mold
Mold thrives in moisture-laden air and on damp surfaces. Therefore, one of the most effective preventive measures is controlling your home’s humidity levels. If the air circulating within your home remains dry, mold spores are less likely to find a moist environment for growth.
To achieve this, aim to keep the humidity levels in your home below 60%. Consider implementing the following:
- Opt for cooler showers
- Avoid leaving damp clothes and linens in laundry baskets
- Place houseplants in well-ventilated areas
- Invest in a dehumidifier
Ensure Mold-Prone Areas Stay Dry & Clean
Regularly cleaning surfaces prone to mold is a proactive strategy to prevent spore buildup. Concentrate on areas such as windowsills, kitchen nooks, spaces around your shower, and any regions susceptible to leaks. Utilise mold-killing products during cleaning to further reduce the likelihood of mold growth.
Promptly Address Leaks
Regularly inspect your gutters, drains, basement, and exposed pipes for potential leaks. Swiftly addressing and repairing leaks in these areas is crucial, especially during wet weather seasons, as they serve as breeding grounds for mold spores.
Cautious Storage Practices
As colder weather approaches, the common practice of stowing away summer clothes, shoes, outdoor gear, and warm-weather items requires special attention. Before storing, ensure all items are thoroughly cleaned and dried. If possible, store summer garments in plastic storage tubs or on elevated shelving units to keep everything dry throughout winter, regardless of potential dampness or leaks.
Seek Expert Advice
For additional guidance on minimising mold formation in your home this winter or optimising heating and ventilation, the specialists at Direct Savings are ready to assist. We assist eligible households in applying for ECO4 funding and various heating upgrades, ranging from electric storage heaters to cavity wall insulation. These improvements make homes more cost-effective to heat, fostering a more comfortable living environment and significantly enhancing overall quality of life. Check your eligibility by completing our quick application form or reach out to us for more information.