It is the rainy season and every year the Advice Centre sees many students who have experienced various levels of damp and mould deterioration in their homes.

If you have experienced damp or mould in your home then there are a few essential actions you need to take (mentioned below). Once you have completed these actions then visit  The Advice Centre and we will guide you on what you need to do next:

  1. Take photos – One of the first things to do is to keep an evidence base.
  2. Go to your GP – If you have experienced respiratory problems this could be due to damp or mould. Your GP should be able to provide in writing the problem and likely cause.
  3. Write to your landlord – Make sure they have all the information they need to act upon, and keep a record of you sending that letter in case they don’t respond.

 

Prevention is Key!

Before moving in:

  • Gas is cheaper than electric. Ask what system your heating is on to save those essential pennies!
  • Does the house have insulation? An extremely cost effective component to any dry & warm home.
  • Does it have double glazing? A simple check that could save you a lot of hassle and warmth.
  • Is there existing damp? Look at the windows and corners of rooms to see if there are signs. If there are it could mean that the house is difficult to keep warm.
  • Check the Energy Performance Certificate; a good rating results in your home being cheaper to warm.
  • Extractor fans in the kitchen and bathrooms will play a significant part in keeping condensation at bay. Make sure the house has them.

Day to day actions:

  • Putting your heating on low for a couple of hours a day will make all the difference.
  • Ensure ventilation; open windows, put lids on cooking pans, dry clothes outside, extractor fans on when needed. All are good tips to follow when possible.
  • Moving items away from walls will help with the circulation of air around a room.

 

Please have a read of the below round up of how to deal with damp and disrepair:

http://www.susu.org/downloads/pdf-booklets/advice/living-in-damp-despair.pdf

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