With the governments push for us to insulate our properties to make them more energy efficient our homes are becoming more airtight and sealed up like a ‘tupperware box’, there is no source of ventilation, without a constant supply of fresh, clean, dry air into your home, moisture levels build up and form as condensation on cold spots within your property, the most obvious areas are windows where the water droplets from condensation sit on top of the glass and can usually be seen in the morning when you get out of bed. The same condensation forms on other cold spots in your home, usually external wall surfaces and window reveals, these areas aren’t so obvious at first because the water droplets soak into the wall plaster or wallpaper, the first you know about these areas is when mould spores (black or green) grow on these damp areas, mould spores are everywhere in the environment just waiting for the right conditions to grow.
Without a good source of fresh air in your home during the colder winter months, issues with condensation, mould and mildew rear their ugly head which can cause problems to not only your home but also your health.
People often spend fortunes trying to get rid of the mould, often fitting new double glazing, insulating lofts and walls but these actually make the problem worse by sealing the property up even more! mould can affect any room of your house, it’s not just a problem in bathrooms it can appear around window frames, behind furniture, on mattresses, walls, floors, ceilings and doors. It can even find its way into your wardrobe with mildew forming on your clothing, shoes and bags!
Homes never used to suffer as much in days gone by due to being less well ‘sealed up’, open fireplaces, timber windows and doors allowed draughts into your home but it is these draughts that made your home healthier believe it or not, they were a constant source of fresh clean air which helped reduce moisture levels in the air and filtered out stale stagnant air.
Apart from being unsightly and ruining decorations there is also evidence to suggest that its bad for your health, causing headaches, breathing difficulties as well as nausea and fatigue. What’s more, mould is a recognised allergen and irritant, it has also been identified as a trigger for respiratory problems such as Asthma.
The good news is that one of the most common causes of mould is condensation dampness, a problem which affects millions of homes in the UK. Surprisingly, it is easy to resolve once you have identified the problem and ruled out any issues with rising or penetrating damp.
If you suspect you have a problem with condensation black mould you can call us on 0191 4159471 for help and advice to rid your home of condensation black mould problems, with have helped may a homeowner and landlords throughout the North East.