How can I treat damp in my property?

September, 2017

Damp is a major nuisance for property owners, especially in the colder months of the year. It can cause damage, cost plenty of money, risk the health of loved ones, or deter buyers if you are about to embark on a spring sale.

The health issues relate to the growth of ‘mould’, which can cause a range of respiratory disorders such as asthma, advises Asthma Australia. Mould is a tiny fungus that forms slimy or fluffy growths in dank, dark places, and usually has a musty smell. Most categories of mould produce millions of spores, which can get airborne effortlessly making them easy to inhale. Also, be careful about the cleaning products you choose to eliminate mould, as often the chemicals are extremely irritating to human airways and can trigger asthma symptoms.

Fortunately, there are plenty of steps you can take to reduce the threat of damp around your property, advises, Archicentre. To start with, it’s prudent to treat existing mould outbreaks before taking steps to reduce dampness.

Asthma Australia recommends that ideally a person without asthma should scour moldy areas, as the cleaning process may release thousands of spores that could set in motion asthma symptoms. In addition, mend anything that allows moisture to enter such as leaking roofs, pipes and gutters.

As for taking some pre-emptive strikes against mould, Archicentre advises that ceiling insulation can reduce dampness in ceilings and walls, as well as shaving winter heating bills.

When redecorating, Archicentre warns homeowners to be aware mould grows through paint or paper. In other words, don’t simply paint, or wallpaper over the mould. Instead use a salt neutraliser on the wall plaster, and brush on an anti-mould paint. Mould loves to grow in the lining of wallpaper, and anti-mould wallpaper paste will help reduce the risks.

Heavy drapes with pelmets will produce an insulating layer of air, which prevents condensation forming on the frosty glass surfaces of windows. Fresh air is an anti-mould remedy. So, open windows and cutting back shrubbery is a great way to minimise the threat of mould. These strategies will increase airflow through the house and help reduce humidity, which can cultivate mould.

Breakout: More tips for reducing latent mould haunts

  • Wash and/or air clothing and shoes
  • Clean your bathroom at least once per week
  • Clean your shower curtain monthly

Clean out the fridge drip tray often