With winter soon approaching on the 21st December and the cold weather having already begun, there are many elements to your home that need to be protected.
From frozen pipes to mould, here are our top tips for what to take care of this winter:
Frozen pipes can cause many issues. The higher risks come, not from frozen pipes themselves, but from when they begin to thaw. This can cause pipes to burst from the pressure caused by water rushing through. Therefore, it is ideal to spot a frozen pipe before it begins to thaw. Here is a more in depth blog about frozen pipes.
Damp is very common in cold weather, creating excess moisture; a perfect place for mould and mildew to grow.
The government found that homes that were lower in energy efficiency, are more likely to have damp. Furthermore, “96% of homes with an energy efficiency rating (EER) of band F or G failed the Decent Homes Standard”. 3.5 million of those occupied homes that failed the Decent homes Standard, 414,000 of those had some form of damp issue.
Three common types of damp are rising damp, penetrating damp and condensation.
The most common form of damp is condensation, especially in cold weather. Condensation occurs when the air’s warm moisture comes into contact with cold surfaces, such as windows or walls.
Therefore, to tackle this issue it’s best to increase ventilation, reduce moisture and to heat and insulate.
To increase ventilation:
To reduce moisture and damp:
To heat and insulate:
Homes and properties are a perfect place for mould and mildew to grow and feed because of the darkness and moisture inside, as well as both cold and warm indoor temperatures.
Signs of mould and mildew can be visible on walls, window sills and ceilings. These aren’t always obvious and visible and could be hidden in corners, behind furniture, beneath floorboards and through musty odours.
The main causes of mould and mildew growth is:
In order to reduce mould and mildew it can be fixed by the same practices to reduce damp as stated above. If you live in a rented property, find out here if it is your actions or the landlords that are responsible for damp and mould.
Tackling mould, damp and frozen pipes in cold weather at the earliest stage possible is in the best interests of everyone concerned. As soon as mould or damp has been identified, it’s crucial the correct diagnosis is obtained from a mould and damp specialist and whoever is responsible should carry out the appropriate treatment. At CPL t/a Rainbow International we are experts in dealing with all kinds of mould, damp and leaks. To find out how we can help you, give us a call freephone on 0800 030 4360.