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Mould in a new build property
Mould in a new build property

Mould in a new-build property – how is that possible?

Many people make the mistake of thinking that new-build homes cannot suffer from mould. Mould can actually occur in all types of homes and is often due to insufficient ventilation. When humid air cannot find its way out of the house, it settles on walls, mouldings and other places, creating damp walls and resulting in mould in the house. With the right approach, you can get rid of mould and it will seem as if it has never been there. Curious on how to get rid of mould? Read it here!

The cause of mould in a new-build home

Insufficient ventilation is the number one cause of mould in a newly built house. Mould is not immediately visible but manifests itself later in the form of dark spots on the wall. Be mindful that mould can take on different colours, such as black, green, blue or even red in some cases. Mould also often causes a musty smell, especially the bathroom, kitchen and laundry room, which are areas that are more susceptible to mould, because a lot of moisture is released here.

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This is how to keep your new-build free of mould! Mould is a damp problem and can therefore only be completely remedied if the damp problem is addressed. There are a number of things you can do to prevent mould in a newly built house- like keeping tabs on your humidity levels. Wondering how to keep good humidity levels and mould at bay? Read on!

1. Always use the extractor fan when cooking, if you don’t have an extractor fan, or your extractor fan doesn’t redirect the cooking fumes to the outside, be sure to open a window.

2. Always use a ventilation system when showering and leave it on for about 15 minutes after showering. This way the humid air can leave the bathroom and avoid mould from settling on the walls. If you do not have a ventilation system that expels the air to the outside, you should open a window here as well. If you have neither, you should install a ventilation system or a window. Also, be sure to close the door to the bathroom when showering, otherwise the humid air will enter your house and settle on the walls in a different room! Also be sure to close the doors when cooking to prevent the moisture from spreading to other rooms. Only use the window to let the moisture out.

3. Hang the washing outside on the clothesline. In poor weather conditions, you can hang it in an indoor area, but you should always keep a window open and the door closed.

4. Is the mould on walls more extensive? Has it been around for a long time and these tips don’t work? You may have a larger scale issue. Get rid of your mould problem together with SmartDry®!

The experts at SmartDry® are specialised in damp problems. We can help you immediately with our tailor-made advice, so that your newly built house is free from mould! Do you smell a musty odour in your house or do you see mould on the wall? Contact SmartDry® today and let us help you further. We can also advise you on how to prevent this from happening. SmartDry® is happy to come and visit you for a free damp measurement and to answer all your questions.

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