DANGER LURKING IN THE AIR MOULD CAN POSE HEALTH RISKS
HOUSEHOLD moulds can be ugly and a danger to your health and home.
Caused by condensation, dampness, underground moisture rising or leaking water pipes, mould could pose a problem anywhere there is poor ventilation or humidity.
If caught in time, it can be treated with some care, Cameron Frazer, architect and managing director of Archicentre, says. Frazer has the following advice:
It is important to treat existing mould before taking steps to reduce condensation.
Install ceiling insulation to end simple cases of condensation dampness. This stops the ceiling and the tops of walls from getting too cold.
When decorating, be aware that mould grows through paint or paper so don’t just decorate over problem areas. Instead, use a salt neutraliser on the wall and then brush on an anti-mould paint. If using wallpaper, use an antimould wallpaste as mould loves to grow in wallpaper linings.
Consider putting heavy curtains with pelmets over windows as they create an insulating layer of air that prevents condensation forming on the cold glass surface. In- stalling trickle vents in windows will also help.
Have thermostatically controlled heating where possible.
Open windows and cut back plants and trees near the house to increase natural airflow.
Externally vent all water-vapour producing appliances such as washing machines, clothes dryers, showers and stoves. Venting into the roof space can cause condensation problems.
Ensure all cooking, bathing and clothes appliances have enough air circulating around them.
Install extractor fans in the kitchen, bathroom and laundry.
Cover your pot with a lid when cooking to reduce moisture. Opening windows or installing an extractor fan can help fight mould problems at home.