Damp and mould

Damp can cause mould on walls and furniture and can rot woodwork in properties. Housing that is damp and cold can encourage the growth of mould and mites that can be harmful to health. There are three main types of dampness:

  • Condensation
  • Penetrating damp
  • Rising damp

Most cases of dampness reported to the council are linked to condensation. This occurs when there is too much moisture in the air and it condensates out on cold surfaces. Just like what happens to a bathroom mirror when having a shower.

You can deal with condensation problems by increasing the ventilation and the heating in the property. Additionally, you can reduce the problem by keeping doors to moisture producing rooms such as kitchens and bathrooms shut and ventilating these rooms by opening a window or using an extractor fan. For more detailed advice please see this guide.

If you require more information then please contact us. You can do this by email, envhealth@watford.gov.uk or on 01923 278 503.

 

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