The most significant contributor to black mould is excess moisture caused by everyday living and poor ventilation. As we continue to install heat retaining insulation and new types of double and triple glazing that may not have trickle vents, we remove the natural ventilation required to allow our homes to ‘breathe’.
Black mould can occur anywhere around the home but the extent of the problem can vary depending on the amount of moisture and tempetature.
If you are concerned about black mould on your walls, ceiling, around your windows or in the bathroom or kitchen, here is our handy guide on what you need to know and how to treat against about black mould.
If you spot black mould in your home, the first step is not to worry. Black mould is a common property problem that can be caused by;
1. Excess moisture through condensation
Everyday activities from bathing, drying clothes, washing even breathing contribute to the natural humidity, creating a build up of water vapour.
If water vapour is not able to escape, it will land on cool surfaces i.e. walls or windows which can cause walls and windows to feel wet to the touch. On windows, you will be able to physically see the dew (water droplets and vapour) but on walls, they will feel damp to the touch. It is this moist environment that black mould needs to germinate.
2. High levels of humidity and poor ventilation
With excess moisture in the atmosphere, water vapour needs somewhere to escape or seeks cool surfaces to land on. Partly down to the typical British weather, we don’t open our windows or ventilate our homes enough to allow the damp air to escape. Modern double glazing and insulation technology acts as a barrier and prevents humidity from escaping.
3. Other damp related issues
Black mould can be a strong indicator of other underlying damp problems such as penetrating damp, allowing black mould to germinate and grow on the surface of the wall. If other damp related issues are the cause, the sign of mould will be combined with other signs of damp such as localised damp patches, peeling paint or wallpaper.
For more information on the causes of black mould, visit our dedicated mould page
If you have spotted black mould in your property there are many effective treatment solutions available from cost-effective measures to mechanical intervention treatment plans depending on the extent of the problem.
To learn more about our range of black mould treatment solutions, visit our dedicated webpage.
If you have any concerns about black mould around your home and would like friendly expert advice, feel free to get in touch. Our internal team are on hand to answer any questions you have on black mould in your property and offer helpful expert advice.
If we feel you can benefit from a property survey, we can arrange for one of our Property Care specialists to visit your property at a time and date that would suit you. Once your property care surveyor conducts a thorough survey, they will be able to advise on the best solution for your black mould problem.