House Renovations You Can Do to Prevent Mould Formation


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House renovations may be time-consuming and expensive but they are often necessary, particularly if the property was built a long time ago. More often than not, the renovation is needed to address issues like home safety, old flooring, and paint layers that are peeling off. Upgrading the house to increase its value is another reason for fixing up a property. The most common reason, though, is disrepair in your home which can be caused by mould infestation. 

Where does mould come from?

Mould plays an important role in nature. It breaks down dead trees, fallen leaves, and other dead organic matter. Mould that grows indoors is an entirely different matter and should be prevented as soon as it is first detected.  

Mould develops inside your home when there is moisture or water. It grows from mould spores and thrives in damp environments. These spores cannot be seen by the naked eye, so you won’t know where they are or that they are around your house. What you’ll notice is mould growing all over your home. You’ll see the spores when you peel off your floor carpet or when you start removing the drywall. You’ll also feel mould when you start sneezing, develop skin rashes, and suddenly have asthma attacks.

Getting rid of mould is not easy, but it can be done. If you are planning to fix up your home, you have to incorporate mould removal and prevention into the renovation project. 

Home renovation tips for preventing mould infestation

To prevent disrepair in your home caused by mould formation, you have to plan your renovation around this goal. Focus on minor renovations that are within your tenant rights.

  1. Proper ventilation is important if you want a mould-free home. 

Opening your windows is the best way to ventilate your home, but if you’re renting a property located in a building, you might not have enough of them. You can improve your situation by installing an exhaust fan above your stove or cooking area and in the bathroom. Make sure the fan vents outdoors so stale air is continuously being forced out of your home. 

This may be a minor renovation but it can do wonders for your home in preventing mould formation.   

  1.   If you are repainting, use a mould-resistant product.

If you want to prevent mould from infesting your wall, repaint it using paint added with a mould inhibitor. 

As there are some paints that are prone to mould, your best choice would be glossy paints since they can hold off mould better than matte and latex paints. Add a mould inhibitor into the paint can and stir until it is evenly mixed.  

Before you start repainting, make sure the wall surface is not mouldy. If it is, remove the mould first and let the surface dry. Use water and detergent in scrubbing off the mould.

  1. Add indoor plants.

Install plant stands in strategic areas in your living room. Houseplants eliminate volatile organic compounds (VOCs) like paint and formaldehyde, improving indoor air quality. 

Some examples of houseplants you can use are rubber plants, chrysanthemums, and aloe vera.

  1. Ensure your pipes have no leaks.

If you’re upgrading your kitchen or bathroom, don’t forget to check on your pipes and plumbing. Your focus shouldn’t only be on getting new bathroom tiles or installing a new kitchen sink. You should also make sure there are no plumbing issues like leaking pipes. 

If there are pipe leaks, fix the problem first before starting the renovation. Have the repair done right away. If you leave it unattended for more than 48 hours, mould may soon form. 

  1. Consider using vinyl flooring.

If you want to upgrade your flooring, go for vinyl, which is not only affordable and easy to manage but also water and mould-resistant. Vinyl flooring is available in different designs and colors, and you can choose to use tile form or sheets. 

The above-mentioned are minor renovations that are your responsibilities as a tenant, if you rent. According to UK housing laws, small or large improvements like decorating, painting, upgrading your bathroom or kitchen, replacing windows, and adding new furniture or curtains are your obligations. Landlords’ repair responsibilities involve the property’s exteriors and structure. It can also include removing any mould that is causing your health problems or damaging your property.

Additionally, before doing any renovation or home improvements, inform your landlord about your plans and ask for his approval. Some landlords and housing associations have certain restrictions about house renovations.

Major disrepair in your home

If the mould infestation in your rented home is too big for you to handle and has caused major disrepair, inform your landlord right away. This is something that they should take care of. If they do not respond and your landlord continues ignoring repair requests, you can file a housing disrepair claim. There are laws and requirements, though, so you have to get in touch with experts at DisrepairClaim.co.uk so you’ll know how to go about the compensation claim properly


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