Top tips for your home

Keeping your home in good condition is really important and can help prevent problems occurring in the future. It is also important to minimise the amount of condensation in your home to stop damp and mould building up.

Man cleaning kitchen worksurface

General Advice

These tips can help issues occurring in your home and ensure it stays in good condition.

  • Do not pour fat or food wastes down the sink waste or flush wipes, nappies or sanitary towels down the toilet
  • Clean window stays with a dry cloth 
  • Tighten window and door handles, as they do become loose over time 
  • Multi-point locking systems on doors and windows can become stiff over time. Using a silicone spray or light lubricating oil to prevent this 
  • Use trickle vents if you have them, and please keeps them clean 
  • Do not block up air vents 
  • Please clean the face and grills of extractor fans, remembering to turn these off beforehand 
  • Do not force or over-tighten taps 
  • Do not overfill baths
  • Regularly check the condition of mastic to baths and kitchen work tops and keep these clean
  • Ensure that you adequately heat and ventilate your home
  • Ensure bushes and trees in your garden do not become overgrown. If they are close to your home, they should be trimmed to ensure a gap between the wall and bush.

Damp & Mould

Damp and mould is usually caused by a build up of condensation in your home - when warm air comes into contact with a cold surface.

Condensation can come from simple things like cooking, washing, boiling kettles and drying clothes indoors because these activities produce warm, moist air. The problems can be worse in cooler rooms.

  • Make sure you dry your windows and windowsills every morning, as well as surfaces in the kitchen or bathroom that have become wet 
  • Wring out clothes rather than drying them on a radiator
  • Don’t cook with internal doors open, put the extractor fan on and open a window 
  • After cooking, leave a window securely open and leave the extractor fan running to allow moisture to escape. You can carefully clear the face of the extractor fan once it has been switched off with a duster or dry brush, to aid air flow 
  • Don’t allow food to boil in open pans
  • Ventilate your home by ensuring that trickle vents, where fitted, are open and clean 
  • Keep bathroom doors closed and, after a bath, open the window to let the moisture escape
  • Hang your washing outside to dry if possible, or hang it in the bathroom with the door closed and a window slightly open and the extractor fan on. Don’t be tempted to put it on radiators or in front of a radiant heater 
  • When filling your bath, run the cold water first, then add the hot. This will reduce the steam, and lower the levels of condensation
  • If you use a tumble dryer, make sure it is vented to the outside. Driers that simply blow the moisture through the door or directly into your home are likely to produce condensation that could lead to mould problems
  • Never store damp items in confined spaces and allow them to dry in well ventilated areas before storing away. 
  • Maintain a consistent temperature of between 18 and 21 degrees across all rooms of your home

Dealing with Damp & Mould

If you discover mould in your home, it is best to attempt to treat it first before trying to lower the condensation.

The best way of treating mould is to wipe down or spray walls and window frames with a fungicidal wash that carries a Health and Safety Executive (HSE) ‘approval number’ and ensure that you follow the instructions for its safe use. 

These are often available at local supermarkets. 

It is best to dampen the affected area first with a spray and then wipe with the fungicidal wash; this stops the spores becoming airborne when the cloth touches them. Ideally, try to dry-clean your clothes and shampoo the carpets.

 Don’t try to remove mould by using a brush or vacuum cleaner. 

After treatment, you can redecorate using good-quality fungicidal paint and a fungicidal resistant wallpaper paste to help prevent mould recurring. 

Please remember the effect of fungicidal or anti-condensation paint is destroyed if covered with ordinary paint or wallpaper.