Condesation Problems & Black Mould
Because of poor insulation & heating and especially because of inadequate ventilation levels condensation and its associated black mould growth is a common problem in many Irish homes and apartments.
Many moulds are now recognised as posing a potential health hazard to the families and other occupants of mould contaminated homes and apartments.
Domestic condensation is basically caused by an imbalance between heating and ventilation levels and it occurs when some of the moisture in a moisture laden atmosphere is deposited on colder wall and ceiling surfaces.
Over time this results in development of black mould growth in wall and ceiling corners. In a damp and vulnerable environment, built-in wardrobes fitted on north facing walls can be especially vulnerable to condensation mould growth.
Guidelines on treating black mould & reducing condensation
Treat mould contaminated surfaces using the Wykamol Mould Eradication Kit.
Ensure the all bathrooms in the house are mechanically ventilated – i.e. ensure that a good quality externally extracted ceiling or wall extract fan is fitted and used at all times during shower use.
Ensure that all bedrooms in the house are properly ventilated by fitting passive ceiling ventilation in troublesome corner areas.
Ensure the kitchen is mechanically ventilated – i.e. ensure that the over cooker hood is externally extracted and used at all times during cooking – good quality kitchen extract hoods are readily available from most kitchen appliance outlets.
Always keep bulky furniture and fittings etc. away from cold external walls.
Regularly ventilate your home by opening windows and doors – ventilation for 20 minutes twice daily is regarded as normal for most homes and apartments.
Generally review heating and especially the attic insulation levels.