What to do to stop condensation and black mould around your windows
If your home has condensation on your ceilings and walls your chances of having mould in your home increase. Mould needs moisture to grow which is why condensation provides the perfect breeding ground for it. The best way to combat mould is to prevent it from being able to grow in your home in the first place. You do this by keeping the air in your home pretty dry and by getting rid of excess moisture and any condensation. Condensation is caused by warm moist air meeting a cold surface. This could be a red flag that your heating system might need repairs, or it could also be an insulation or ventilation problem. It happens more in the wintertime when moisture in the air is trapped inside the home because windows are closed most of the time. You also have the condensation that happens only for short times in the bathroom because of hot showers or baths, and in the kitchen from cooking. Mould is still very common in these rooms too, so it's important to have a good fan to ventilate the moisture in the air properly. You can also buy a dehumidifier that will take the excess moisture out of the air for you leaving the air in your home dryer.
You also want to ensure you have proper ventilation if you air dry clothing in your home. Just make sure to leave a window open and turn on an extraction fan while the clothes are drying. If you can dry them outside or in a drying machine, all the better. It also makes a difference when you leave your heat on while you're out of the house, even at a lower level than you usually would. This will reduce your chances of producing condensation. You also want to have your home checked for leaky pipes or a leaky roof or check it yourself. Also, if your basement has flooded recently, this could be the cause of excess moisture and condensation which will lead to mould if not taken care of. When you already have mould growing in your home, you can learn how to remove mould safely, and there are some very easy and practical cleaning tips you can use to remove mould from your home. If it's just a small area less than 10 square feet, you will have no problem removing it yourself. If the mould has grown beyond this, you should hire professionals who know how to remove mould properly without spreading it further throughout your home.
To remove mould from your home naturally you can use vinegar and baking soda which are naturally antifungal. Also, tea tree essential oil is excellent at removing mould and killing the spores. You can make a cleaning solution with part water and part vinegar with 10 drops of tea tree oil in it. You can then spray the solution all over the mouldy area and leave it to sit for 10 minutes or more to kill the mould. Then, wipe the mould off the surface with a clean, damp cloth and throw the cloth away right away, so you don't spread the mould spores even more. Then, you can make a paste with baking soda and water and then put a few more drops of tea tree oil in the mixture and spread it all over the mouldy area and allow it to dry, then remove it. The baking soda will also soak up any moisture that's left behind, so the mould doesn't come back. Try these cleaning tips and learn how to remove mould as well as how to prevent it from growing in your home.***
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