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Keeping Rot and Damp at Bay

Often, one of the biggest problems faced by UK homeowners is the appearance of rot caused by areas of damp. This obviously produced many aesthetic problems, though most people don’t realise that it’s also bad for your health. If spores from the fungus make their way into your lungs you could be in serious trouble, so ensuring you find the root cause of the problem and tackle it head on is essential.

That said, there’s actually quite a lot of precautions you can take to avoid damp and rot appearing in the first place, and those are what i’m going to focus on in this article. So, if you’d like to know more about the most popular methods of keeping this sort of problem at bay, pay close attention to the following information.

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Cut Back on Condensation

As you’ll probably already realise, condensation is probably the most frequent cause of damp and rot on interior walls in UK properties. To combat this, ensure you wipe down all windows and their sills every morning, and rather than drying it on a radiator, be smart and ring out the cloth over sink or your bathtub.

Also, anti-condensation channels and sponge strips can usually be obtained from your local hardware store, and are fitted to windows in an attempt to collect the condensation and help your window frames from getting damp and starting to rot. Just make sure you’re very careful when installing them as any mistakes could make the devices redundant.

How to Combat Mould

Before you work on methods to keep mould from forming inside your property, it’s essential that you remove any already growing. To do this, simply wipe down any areas that have visible signs of mould with a specially designed fungicidal liquid. This can be bought from almost any hardware store and is usually very cheap, although it’s always a good idea to ensure the product you select is health and safety approved – this should be written on the container along with a reference number.

Ways to Avoid Mould and Condensation Returning

Once you’ve installed the anti-condensation equipment and got rid of any pre-existing mould, the best and most simple thing you can do is heat your home a little more. This will help to ensure any damp becomes dry far quicker and will cost less money than the other solutions available to you.

Also, try to dry any washing outside rather than on your radiators. I realise this can be rather difficult given the weather patterns we experience in the UK, but in the end it’s definitely worth it.

So there you have it my damp-conscious friends. Hopefully now you’ll have a much better understanding of the techniques you can use to ensure your property stays free from damp and mould for years to come. Just remember that, left untreated a damp issue can turn into a very costly affair, so you always want to deal with it in a prompt, timely manner, even if this means employing specialist tradesmen like those at Proten Services.

Good luck!



Shane is a professional interior designer. Here he share his experience and also discussion.

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