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Damp and mould

Damp and mould can increase the risk of respiratory illness. Some damp is caused by condensation which you can take action to prevent. If there is an active leak in your property then you should contact the council to get it fixed.

Dealing with condensation

Condensation can usually be resolved by making some simple changes:

  • ensure that your home is heated effectively
  • reduce the amount of moisture produced in the home e.g. by covering boiling pots; drying washing outside or in a well ventilated room; keeping the kitchen and bathroom doors closed when in use and opening windows for ventilation
  • wipe down any condensation that forms on windows or sills to prevent damage and mould growth
  • use extractor fans and cooker hoods where provided and report any defective equipment to Housing Direct

Sometimes dampness can be a combination of condensation and a leak or water penetration. The council is responsible for repairing all leaks.   

Dealing with mould

  • First treat any mould you already have then if you deal with condensation, mould should not reappear
  • To kill and remove mould, wipe down walls and window frames with a fungicidal wash, available from hardware and DIY stores. Make sure you follow the manufacturer’s instructions
  • Dry clean mildewed clothes and shampoo carpets. Disturbing mould by brushing or vacuum cleaning can increase the risk of respiratory problems
  • After treatment, redecorate using a good quality fungicidal paint to prevent mould recurring. This paint is not effective if covered with ordinary paints or wallpaper

For more tips download the leaflet in our useful documents section below.

If you still have a problem with persistent damp or mould after following these steps then you can contact Housing Direct. After an initial assessment an appointment with a surveyor may be recommended. There is currently a waiting list for surveyors.

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