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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 in your home before dealing with condensation. This way the mould should not reappear
  • To kill and remove mould, wipe down affected 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.

You can also view this short video to help residents prevent damp and mould:

After following these steps if you still have a problem with persistent damp or mould then you can contact Housing Direct on 0800 694 3344 or email repairs@islington.gov.uk. After an initial assessment, an appointment with a surveyor may be recommended. There is currently a waiting list for surveyor appointments.

If you are having difficulty heating your home or managing your heating bills, contact the council energy advice service for advice www.energyadvice.islington.gov.uk

If you are disabled, the Housing Disability Panel may be able to support you. The panel can be contacted via Disability Action in Islington by email info@daii.org or telephone 0207 354 8925. More information is available at www.daii.org/hdp.

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