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Watch out for signs of damp and mould.

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As winter is fast approaching us and the temperatures are dropping outside, we tend to shut up our houses to the outside elements and increase the heat within our homes.

During our routine inspections in Autumn and Winter, it is common for us to notice an increase of black spots on window frames and sills generally because of condensation.

How does this happen?

Condensation generally occurs when warm air hits with cold surfaces or if there is too much humidity in a home. Activities such as drying clothes inside, cooking and showering can contribute to releasing warm moisture inside and we tend to keep our windows closed creating poor ventilation in rooms.

So, when all this warm air touches the cold surfaces such as walls, windows, and ceilings, it cools down quickly and becomes liquid droplets (water).

To prevent condensation accelerating the growth of black mould there are a few simple things tenants can do:

• Clean up the water droplets from the surfaces when they accumulate.

• Keep lids on saucepans to avoid excessive steam being released into the air.

• Keep a window open when operating your tumble dryer (especially when you don’t have an extractor fan).

• Keep the exhaust fan on for each shower and if this isn’t coping then open a window.

• Keep doors closed to individual rooms to prevent the humid air travelling throughout the house.

Whether a house is established or new, damp and mould can have detrimental effects on the inside of a rental property, but also furniture and window treatments and in some cases, become a health hazard.

Call Lisa Akeroyd at Barossa Rental Specialists on 0414 335 660 – or drop into our prominent Tanunda office to discuss your rental strategy.

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