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In the last week we’ve seen some rain in Sydney…a lot of rain. Unfortunately, this means areas of your home may have become susceptible to mould.

As well as being unsightly, mould has serious health implications for the whole family – particularly those with respiratory conditions or allergy sufferers.

The most effective way of removing mould is by using a household bleach, but vinegar or baking soda is also an effective way to combat mould. Be sure to wear gloves and a respiratory mask when tackling mould as it can quickly infiltrate your lungs.

Like mould, mildew is a fungus and can be found anywhere where moisture collects – this usually means, bathrooms, toilets, kitchens and those rooms in your home that are below ground level or suffer from poor ventilation.

While individual moulds are not visible to the naked eye, what you can see when moulds gather are colonies. These create a musty smell and look ugly on most surfaces.

To avoid getting mould in the first place, your home needs to be well ventilated and dry. While this is near on impossible in bathrooms you can get someway towards it by installing efficient extractor fans, using under floor heating, or by effective use of the environment - well positioned windows to ensure sunlight gets into those areas susceptible to moisture and dampness.

Also worth remembering, is that mould isn’t limited to wet areas and can gather under furniture or behind static objects in the home. To avoid this, consider spring cleaning more than once a year.

So which homes are most likely to become a victim of mould? Well, in the inner west, we have some prime candidates. I’m thinking long dark terraces that are yet to be ‘opened up’ to proper ventilation and light, but even newly renovated places with poor ventilation may not be able to escape the problem of mould.

Mould battling checklist:

  • Maximize your homes’ daily sunshine by cutting back overgrown shrubs, bushes and trees
  • Regularly ventilate your home, by opening the windows to allow cross air-flow and breezes
  • Ensure roof titles are sealed to deter water from collecting
  • Ensure all vents are still able to ventilate – don’t stack furniture next to them or cover them in any way
  • Clear your gutters and downpipes to allow water a free passage to escape
  • Ensure all surface water drains away from the house
  • Ensure all exhaust fans exit the building
  • Avoid using clothes dryers in enclosed areas
  • Attend to rising damp problems before they become problematic

Ofcourse if you’d like advice on venting, ducting or effective window placement call JSI for a free quote. We’re always more than happy to help ensure your home is a safe and happy environment for the whole family.

Just Screw It recognises and encourages employing sustainable design and building practices to have a positive effect on local and global environments.