Keeping a lid on damp and mould in your home
As we move into the colder months, and the temperature starts to drop, you may notice more moisture in your home. When a home contains too much moisture, this is known as damp, and can often lead to the growth of mould.
Stopping mould before it starts to form is essential for maintaining a healthy and safe living environment. While it can sometimes be difficult to spend a lot of time cleaning, there are a few big reasons why keeping a lid on damp and mould is worth your time.
A healthy home environment
Mould can produce allergens (substances that can cause an allergic reaction) and irritants that can lead to various health concerns including respiratory problems. This can be dangerous for anyone, but those with allergies, asthma, or weakened immune systems tend to be worse affected. Staying proactive in mould prevention is important and will help to reduce the risk of these health concerns.
If your home is damp, it can become a breeding ground for mould and mildew. Living with damp and mould in your home is extremely unpleasant and can make day-to-day life very uncomfortable. Nobody wants to come home to a damp and chilly environment, so keeping an eye out for signs of damp and mould and taking action before the problem gets worse is essential.
Energy efficiency and utility costs
Past a certain point, damp can make it more challenging to maintain a consistent temperature in your home. Excess humidity can lead to increased energy consumption, as your heating and cooling systems have to work harder, and this often results in higher utility bills. Keeping on top of damp and mould can help you save on energy costs and improve the energy efficiency of your home.
Living with damp and mould not only has a negative impact on our physical health, but also our mental wellbeing. The possible impact of damp and mould on your possessions and the health of loved ones can feel overwhelming, which can lead to high stress levels, depression, and anxiety.
We're here to help
Almost all homes will have condensation or a little bit of mould around windows, especially in the winter. However, if you’re struggling to stay on top of mould, we’re here to help. You can report any case of damp and mould by logging a repair via the Tenant Hub or calling us on 0330 123 1860. Alternatively, you can visit the damp and mould page on our website to find out more.