How to Prevent Mould in Winter
Posted By: John Published: 21/10/2019 Times Read: 924 Comments: 0
Mould is prevalent in winter. Due to the ever-contrasting temperatures inside to outside in buildings, and also being the wettest season, mould is never happier than when it has an environment near water, where it can easily grow, reproduce and take over. And let’s be honest, though there is no ‘great time’ for mould, it really is the last thing you want to deal with when the colder months come in. So, how can we prevent mould during the winter?
Why Should You Prevent Mould?
Mould isn’t just a cluster of annoying spores that look unsightly; unfortunately, aside from this being a downside too, mould can be quite bad for your health. Winter is a season where we can all get quite run down, with coughs and colds, and these spores only add to that!
Mould releases allergens (some of which can be toxic or an irritant) which can result in coughing, sneezing, itchy eyes and other unpleasant symptoms.
Not only attacking your health, but mould also unleashes spore war on any structure it’s sat on, weakening it and compromising the integrity.
Good Air Circulation
Our natural instinct when winter is upon us is to start getting the blankets out, turning up that central heating and of course, keeping all windows shut.
Regrettably for us, keeping those windows shut is the worst thing we can do to prevent mould.
Good air circulation is critical to the prevention of mould and the maintenance of keeping a mould free space. An exhaust fan would work well, but sometimes can be costly or is impractical to install. Opening a window would be the fastest way to ensure vapour can escape before it settles, especially in places such as the kitchen when you are cooking and the bathroom after a shower, for example.
Mould and Pipes
In preparation for the weather turning, prevent any water damage by turning off the water flow to any damaged pipes. To prevent any burst or frozen pipes, prepare them by insulating them. Using insulating foam is a simple way to keep your pipes snug from the outside weather and stop such a contrast in temperature between the inside of the pipe and outside weather.
Inside House Maintenance
Preparing our home for the upcoming change in season will be important to mould management. Checking seals surrounding the doors and windows to make sure everything is air-tight, and not compromised or damaged will keep condensation from building up.
If condensation or damp does collect around these areas, wipe dry with a cloth and check regularly.
Outside House Maintenance
Checking your roof before the weather changes is a good idea to avoid any potential mould issues.
If there are any leaks coming through your roof, now is the time to patch them up, as this would be another perfect environment for mould to grow and spread.
Unblocking gutters is another essential, as blocked gutters can cause damp and mould in your home. The water the gutter catches has no-where to drain away, which means it then seeps through the bricks. That’s where mould begins in the walls.
A Lick of Paint
If you do need to do a little more work than you bargained for, then why not double up your protection against mould with some anti-mould paints? Adding that extra protective layer can prepare your home for winter weather and keep damp or mould issues at bay from excess vapour in the home.
Our anti mould paint works to protect your walls even in the dampest of situations by its infused biocides, which run throughout the paint protecting the surface.