5 steps that you can take to help your tenants live mould-free
1/ Reduce moisture levels
- The provision of an outdoor area for drying clothes will help encourage clothes to be dried outside rather than within the home.
If they are to be dried inside, doing so in a well-ventilated space such as a laundry room or bathroom is best.
- By simply using the extractor fan every time we cook – and placing lids over boiling pans – we can greatly reduce the moisture levels in the air.
- Window vents, or any other vents, should always be left open.
- If a tumble dryer is installed it must be vented to the outside.
2/ Ensure you have provided – and they are using – sufficient ventilation
- Good ventilation is critical in reducing the occurrence of mould and condensation. Extractor fans are fundamental in providing this, but – even where installed – these are often not used, due to excessive noise or concerns over energy usage or perceived cost implications.
- It’s always advisable to pull furniture away from problem walls to allow air to circulate.
- Our innovative Unity CV3 offers a continuously running extractor fan that also delivers noise reduction, low cost running and installed performance.
- It’s also the first extractor fan that provides updates to landlords on how the fan is performing and conditions of the installed environment.
3/ Remove mould immediately
- If you do have mould growing, it should be cleaned off straight away to minimise any health risks (but you must resolve any underlying damp problems to stop it coming back).
- A mix of baking soda and water is a highly-effective and safe way to do this – and you can find instructions here.
4/ Eliminate cold spots and surfaces
- Damp often accumulates where colder surfaces are.
These can be caused, for example, by gaps between your wall insulation and your loft insulation. Try to get this fixed before it attracts condensation and possibly mould.
5/ Keep heat in the home constant and not intermittent
- Maintain a consistent and constant temperature throughout the home by avoiding having rooms where the heating is turned off over the winter months.
- Any home not being heated properly can contribute to damp issues, so having an energy efficient boiler installed and appropriate heating controls is an excellent way to ensure your property is kept dry, comfortable and mould-free.
Find out more about our Unity CV3 continuiously running (Dmev) fan, with low-running costs and reduced noise levels, moisture-removing humidistat and ease of installation making it the ideal choice for social housing landlords.