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The Best Ways to Reduce Moisture and Mould in Your Home for Healthy Living

Sara Worth / Appliance Reviewer
 November 14, 2017
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Ever wake up one time only to suddenly find that a certain area of your house is riddled with unsightly spots and patches? Congratulations! Your house has now become a petri dish full of mould. While that sure sounds like some lab experiment gone wrong, mould growth in households is much more common than you think.

 

What Is Mould and What Are the Health Risks Associated with Mould Exposure?

Mould is a common type of fungus that thrives on moisture and can be found almost everywhere but one place you wouldn’t want to find it is right in your own home, particularly in damp areas conducive to mould growth. Aside from it being an unwelcome sight, exposure to mould can pose a threat to one’s health. The effects of mould exposure may vary from person to person, but some common health risks associated with it include but are not limited to:

  • Nasal problems
  • Sore eyes
  • Throat irritation
  • Skin rashes
  • Shortness of breath
  • Serious lung infections

Why Reduce Moisture and Mould?

Reducing indoor moisture is the simplest way to prevent further mould growth and avoid any of the health risks associated with mould exposure. Here are some tips to help reduce moisture and mould in your home:

  1. Measure and reduce indoor humidity.

As previously mentioned, mould thrives on moisture. The amount of moisture accumulated inside your house can be measured using a hygrometer, and the recommended indoor humidity level should be below 60%. In case the hygrometer readout reaches 60% and above, indoor humidity can be reduced by using a dehumidifier or air conditioner.
 

  1. Open the bathroom windows.

One of the places in your home where moisture can build up very easily is the bathroom. Leaving the bathroom windows open while taking a shower keeps all the moisture out and prevents mould from growing there.
 

  1. Keep your kitchen moisture-free.

Another place in your home where moisture can build up very easily is the kitchen. If possible, have an exhaust vent installed in the kitchen to move moisture out. Make sure to drain the refrigerator drip pan regularly as well.
 

  1. Check all areas of your house for water leaks.

One main cause of moisture building up inside the house is the presence of water leaks, whether it be on walls, pipes or taps. Repair all water leaks immediately.
 

  1. Hang wet clothes outside of your house.

If you don’t have a spin dryer or would just like to conserve energy and the weather is sunny enough to do so, it is best to hang all wet clothes outside of your house. However, in cases where the weather is a bit overcast and you have no other choice but to hang wet clothes inside your house, just make sure that the room where all those clothes are being left to dry is well-ventilated and free from moisture. Dehumidifiers are great to assist with laundry drying inside the house. (Also read: Go Green on Laundry Days)

  1. Clean up immediately after flooding.

For certain instances where floodwater has reached inside your house, cleanup should be done within 24-48 hours after the flooding has subsided. All flooded areas should be dried out. Replace any carpets or rugs that have been soaked in floodwater. A dehumidifier will also come in very handy here! (Also read: How to Dry Out a Flooded House)
 

  1. Open all house windows during the day.

Aside from moisture, keeping areas of your house dark can easily trigger mould growth. Allowing sunlight into your house helps prevent mould growth and dries up any indoor moisture.
 

  1. Have insulation installed.

Moisture is frequently caused by condensation and one way to reduce it is by having insulation installed in your house to keep the indoor temperature warm enough, most especially during cold weather.
 

  1. Invest in mould-resistant products.

Whether you are building a new house from scratch or renovating certain sections of your house, allotting a certain portion of your budget into buying mould-resistant and mould-killing products can help you in the long run.

  • Paints can be added with mould inhibitors to prevent mould from growing on walls and other surfaces.
  • Bathrooms, kitchens, basements and other areas prone to dampness can also be built using a moisture-resistant drywall, thus preventing mould from growing and spreading across your house.

Coming up with effective methods to reduce moisture and mould in your home is also very much dependent on the general climate in the area where your house is situated. If the climate in your house’s location is tropical, moisture builds up faster and mould growth occurs more frequently compared to houses situated in slightly more temperate climates.


The experts at Solenco SA and appliancereviewer.co.uk want to be sure that your house keeps you and your family happy and healthy. That means that household moisture and the mold it leads to should be avoided if possible. Reducing the amount of moisture buildup and mould growth in your home may not be an exact science in itself, but the above tips should prove to be helpful to any homeowner who wants to keep their house as free from mould as possible. Read more on https://appliancereviewer.co.uk/ 


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About the author

 

Sara is an expert reviewer and writer at Appliance Reviewer - a comprehensive and unbiased online guide, which helps readers to buy the right appliances for their home. She moved from Manchester to London where she studied electronics. At the same time, she was working as a freelance writer and also pursued her passion to be an independent interior designer. After graduating from university, she worked for over 10 years as an electronic engineer, consulting with some of the largest appliance manufacturers around the world. Sara has since joined the team at appliancereviewer.co.uk where she uses her vast knowledge of style and functionality to write about the best home appliances available on the UK market - Helping her readers to make an informed decision on their investment purchase without having to try each item first. When she isn't writing or fixing things around the house, Sara can be found enjoying live music with her friends, or relaxing in front of the fire with her dogs.

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