How to defend your flatshare from damp and mould

Rising damp problems flatshare

Damp and mould are the worst things ever. God knows where they come from and good luck getting your landlord to sort it out. It makes your house smell, it looks horrible, it’s slowing destroying your home and it’s the reason that chesty cough of yours just won’t shift. It’s the enemy you’re always battling with. And in these wet winter months you just know it’s winning the fight.

The truth is most inner city houses have damp. It’s annoying but pretty unavoidable. It’s also pretty tricky to sort out. He’s a few things that can help whilst your landlord calls a roofer.

1) Call your landlord, stupid.

We know what you’re thinking, you hate calling your landlord. Yes, we do to. But damp can be quite a serious issue and they’ll be grateful you’ve notified them. It’s their responsibility and, ultimately, their problem. Nag them till they come round.

2) Open your windows

Again, we appreciate that this is fairly obvious. But when you’ve got damp, it needs to be aired.

3) Keep moisture out of the room

Damp naturally feeds off moisture. Don’t feed it. As well as keeping that window open, make sure you’re not drying your washing in the room or leaving saucepans full of water lying around. It all contributes and, whilst stopping these things won’t make your damp go away, it will help stop it getting worse.

4) Get an extractor fan

(or make sure the one you have works)

Your extractor fan is your portal to a damp free house. They’re essential to bathrooms and kitchens and, to be fair, most places already have one installed. If you don’t, get onto your landlord! If you do, make sure it’s actually working.

5) Turn the heat up

Look, we know you’re consciousness of your bills. But you need to turn that heat up (or at least to something reasonable) in order to dry those walls and get the wet out.

6) Clean the damp area and paint over it

This won’t fix your problem, but the anti-mould paint does help cover the stains. All you need to do is clean the wall, let it dry, and apply the paint (which you can buy anywhere). Out of sight, out of mind.

7) Buy a dehumidifier

It’s a bit of an indulgence, but a dehumidifier will take the moisture out and leave you, virtually, damp free.

Image courtesy of Tom Parnell, licensed under CC BY 2.0

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