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Condensation is the water you see on windows and cold places in your home. It comes from the air when the air gets too full of moisture it appears on cold surfaces and in places where there is little movement of air. Look for it in corners, on or near windows or behind wardrobes and cupboards.
It often appears on north-facing walls. Everything we do in our homes causes water in the air, whether it be cooking, washing, drying clothes even sleeping. If it is left it can lead to mould forming which can have an effect on our health and wellbeing.
First treat any mould you may already have in your home. If you deal with the basic problem of condensation, mould should not reappear.
To kill and remove mould, wipe down walls and window frames with a fungicidal wash. Ensure you follow the manufacturer’s instructions precisely. Dry clean mildewed clothes and shampoo carpets.
Disturbing mould by brushing or vacuum cleaning can increase the risk of respiratory problems. After treatment, redecorate using a good quality fungicidal paint to help prevent mould recurring. The only lasting way of avoiding severe mould is to eliminate dampness.
Energy and Home Support Team
Newark and Sherwood District Council
Freephone: 0800 0131689