As Winter is approaching, we offer some helpful tips to prevent mould over the winter period
HEATING & HOTWATER
As the cold weather is soon approaching we suggest you take a moment to test your heating . This is to ensure that should there be any issues (where you may have had the heating off since last winter) that these issues can be addressed before the winter sets in, when it would be more of an inconvenience to you.
It is advisable to bleed your radiators to ensure that no air is in the system which can occur from the system not having been used for some time.
In addition before it becomes too cold (below 5 degrees, or where it has been forecasted to be cold) and you are not going to be living at the property for an extended period (going away on holiday perhaps), we advise to leave the heating system on a timer or a low setting in order to prevent pipes from freezing and potentially bursting. If damage is caused as a result of pipes bursting in cold weather, you may liable for the cost to make it good.
How to bleed a radiator:
To bleed your radiator, insert the bleed key into the valve at the top of the radiator and carefully turn it anticlockwise (usually a quarter or half turn will do the trick). The air trapped in your radiator will start escaping with a hissing sound.
What can you do to help reduce condensation?
• Cover pots and pans when cooking
• Dry clothing near radiators
• If you use a tumble dryer ensure it is vented to the outside and if considering buying one, consider a self-condensing model
• If you do have to dry clothes indoors ensure it’s in a well ventilated room such as the bathroom with the fan running to remove the moisture
• Don’t dry your clothes over radiators or heaters.
Ventilate to reduce moisture:
• Use extractor fans when bathing and cooking, or open a window when finished until the windows are clear
• Keep air vents and extractor fans clear
• Allow space for air to circulate around furniture especially against outside walls.
• Remember to close the kitchen or bathroom door when ventilating to avoid ventilating the whole house (and to avoid heat loss)
Use your heating correctly:
• If possible, keep your heating on a low setting during the day rather than high levels for short periods of time during the morning and evening. This will keep your home warm most of the time and avoid extreme changes in temperature
• If fitted, use the thermostat controlled radiator valves as this will help control the heating in each room
• DO NOT block radiators with furniture or curtains
Managing mould growth
• It is quite normal to find your bedroom windows misted up in the mornings. To control it, be sure to wipe down any moisture on your windows and window sills every morning and wring the cloth out rather than drying it on a radiator.
• Don’t be tempted to just paint over mould, it will regrow if it is not treated first!
• Mould on washable surfaces can be wiped down with a fungicidal wash available from most DIY stores. You should always follow the manufacturer’s instructions