Damp and mould are some of the most common household problems in the UK but are usually worst in the wettest room in the house: the bathroom. Damp is usually the result of water getting into the home and sitting – which can pose significant health risks as well as looking unsightly.
Mould is a fungus that grows in moist and warm areas of your home – and needs to be tackled to stop it from spreading further.
While mould can be dangerous for anyone, there are particular health implications for young children, the elderly or people with respiratory issues.
Even if you’re not particularly susceptible to the potential health problems caused by mould and damp, it can still damage your clothes, furniture and fittings, and can even cause structural damage to your home.
Winter is the prime time for mould infestations in bathrooms, as the hot steam from your shower or bath hits particularly cold surfaces like tiles, mirrors and hard floors.
Take shorter showers: the longer you are in there the more vapour is released – try and shower for five to 10 minutes.
Check your heating: not only will your heating system keep your house warm but when working properly can also help prevent damp.
A properly working radiator and underfloor heating can help limit the amount of condensation build-up after having a shower or bath.
Make sure you bleed your radiators often and your boiler is at the right pressure.