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Landlords should take steps to prevent rising damp
It goes without saying that the best way to cure mould is to prevent it from developing in the first place, but nevertheless it remains a key priority in rented property.
However, there are a few steps landlords can take to reduce the chances of an outbreak, from using mould-resistant products like anti-mould paint in high-risk areas such as kitchens and bathrooms.
Installing an extractor fan in the bathroom which activates when the bathroom light is switched on is another winner, as is having an extractor fan in the kitchen, above the cooker.
Externally, ensure gutters get cleaned and serviced regularly, especially if the property is close to tall trees; and resist the temptation to have any indoor plants, as their moist soil is a perfect breeding ground for mould, which may then spread to other areas of the house.
Check that there are no leaks in the property and if it is naturally warm and damp for whatever reason, you could do worse than install a humidifier.
There are other measures that you could consider taking but it’s best to assess how bad the problem really is first – no-one knows more than you what really does represent best value for money!
But while we’re in the realms of the smallest room in the house, it might be worth looking at how water saving loos and taps can save money AND meet energy efficiency ratings at the same time:
Tony Rheinberg , water saving expert at Ideal Standard, believes reducing water usage can make all the difference.
“The bathroom makes up almost 60% of domestic water use and the average person uses 50 litres of water each day just to flush the toilet,” he says. “So by putting a cistern displacement device in the toilet you’ll save one litre per flush.
“Or install a new low flush toilet. These use 2litres for half flush, 4 litres for full flush, compared to 10litres per flush for normal toilets!”
Tony also advises installing spray head taps, which can save up to 80% of tap water. Tap magic devices allow you to switch between spray and normal taps. Remember - saving hot water when hand washing will also save on your energy bill.
For more information on more economical water systems, contact Ideal Standard