This week, the NLA’s representative for Brighton, Tony Richard, offers advice and guidance on preventing condensation and mould.
Condensation and mould is said to be the curse of the landlord at this time of year. Understandably, tenants want warm properties but warm air carries water vapour which generates moisture when it cools and if left, can cause mould. To ensure a balance between heating and ventilation, it’s essential to maintain airflow.
Landlords can adopt the following measures to help minimise condensation and mould in their properties:
- Install extractor fans in the bathroom. These can be operated by a light switch or timer.
- Place ventilation units in the loft area to allow moisture to escape as it rises.
- If you’re having your roof insulated, be sure to ask the installers to leave a border around the roof area to allow a small amount of air to rotate. This gentle circulation of air will help reduce humidity levels.
- Install trickle ventilators above windows to guarantee air flow, whether windows are open or not
- For more information on ventilation products, visit the NLA’s recognised supplier page for ventilation.
It is also up to the landlord to educate their tenants to ventilate the property appropriately. After all, it’s in the interest of both parties to ensure the home remains mould free.
Why not share the following tips with your tenants to help avoid incidences of mould:
- Try to maintain a constant temperature inside the property ; keeping heating on a low and constant level throughout the day is the most cost effective means of heating a property
- Keep a small window open on the latch to maintain a steady flow of air when you are in the room
- Avoid drying clothes indoors and do not dry clothes over radiators. If you need to dry clothes indoors then do so in a well-ventilated room.
- Open windows in the kitchen and bathroom after using
- Try to reduce moisture in the air by covering saucepans when cooking, drying clothes outside
- Ensure that the tumble drier is property vented or the condensate reservoir is regularly emptied
- Do not supplement heating with paraffin or gas type heating
- Place furniture next to internal walls if possible and leave a space between the wall and the furniture
- Open cupboards and wardrobes for a short time regularly to encourage air flow
- Do not disable any extraction units, these are in place to remove excess moisture from the atmosphere.
- Do not block vents and airbricks, particularly where there are gas fires or heaters
For more information on damp and mould and how to treat it, watch the NLA’s guide to Controlling Condensation and Mould Growth