Be sure to tackle annoying and unsightly mould spots
IT’S a simple but very cost saving way of ensuring your home stays cosy this winter. If you don’t do this job now you’re likely to forget it once the mild weather vanishes and you suddenly find yourself sitting in a drafty living room on a cold winter’s night.
Cold and drafty breezes through windows and doors are an utter torment this time of year and I bet you’ve promised yourself a thousand times in the past to fix that breeze in the window. But don’t worry, you’re not alone.
Drafty windows and doors rank in the Top 5 most common DIY complaints which is why autumn is the time to take this THIS is one of the most obvious jobs that needs doing yet also one of the easiest to remedy. We tend to open our windows less in wintertime (for obvious reasons!) so bathrooms, in particular, tend to be a holiday resort for pesky mould which builds up around shower tiles and bathroom tiles, generally.
This problem manifests itself by way of an orange-like mould which forms in between tiles. It’s unsightly if left out of control, while moisture will continue to seep between the tiles the more the grout erodes. Get to the local DIY shop and ask where the grout pens are. In less than five minutes you’ll have those tiles you paid job by the scruff of the neck. It’s simple really as all you have to do is run the back of your hand along the window frame and the seal joint where windows open and close. Once you have felt a breeze, mark with a piece of sticky tape.
Now get a silicone gun and fill the gaps using a thin line of clear silicone. Have a cup of warm water nearby to clean your fingers in- between applications. Job done. Silicone can be messy if you’re not used to it so keep your good clothes and expensive furniture well clear. For a job that costs less than € 10 and takes all of 20 minutes, the benefits far outweigh the effort. Bye, bye pesky breeze! a pretty penny for looking new again.
Mould is also dangerous as the spores can cause respiratory problems. If mould is a problem in your home it needs to be tackled. Check for leaks in windows, radiators, shower trays, and around bathroom sinks. These areas could well be the cause where mould spots are present. Also, every few years you should re-seal the base of shower trays and windows as this is where moisture builds. It is also vitally important that vents are kept free. Aerating rooms is very important as the air flow of rooms, especially bedrooms and bathrooms, must be constantly circulating.