Black mould is a nasty surprise and a challenge to keep at bay in the colder months. Not only is it bad for your home, it's not good for your health.
Breathing in the spores can lead to respiratory issues over time but the effects are worse still for those with pre-existing health conditions as it could lead to pneumonia.
To get to the root of the problem, households will have to deal with moisture levels at home. A build up of condensation in walls, ceilings, and cold surfaces can give life to the black stuff and allow it to rapidly grow.
There are other factors to consider as the fungus can also sprout up in areas where air flow is restricted. So what is the best way to prevent black mould in the home?
The Mirror spoke to Michael Rolland, interiors expert and Managing Director of The Paint Shed about all things black mould and the best preventative measures you should carry out before the weather gets colder.
What causes black mould in the home?
Poor ventilation inside the home and condensation on surfaces during the colder months can cause black mould.
Mr Rolland said: "Black mould is caused by and thrives in damp or humid conditions, in rooms such as bathrooms and kitchens, where there is no adequate ventilation."
Over time, the mould can grow into a bigger problem for households if it is not cleaned thoroughly.
What are the best methods to prevent black mould inside the home?
Rooms inside your home need to be well-ventilated to ensure that black mould cannot grow due to condensation.
Mr Rolland said: "The best way to prevent black mould is to ensure spaces of high humidity are well ventilated. Non-electric dehumidifiers can also be placed in the rooms to help take excess moisture out of the air, especially if you have an enclosed bathroom with no windows, such as seen in many new builds.
"It is also important to properly tackle the black mould when it does appear, a simple wipe or spray of anti-bacterial cleaner won't cut it."
What are the best, inexpensive products to use to prevent black mould?
There are a range of cheap products that you can use to prevent black mould inside your home this winter.
These products include mould resistant paint, a fungicidal wash to use before paint on surfaces.
White vinegar or bleach can also be used to clean affected areas but make sure to read the label on the products before use.
One way to improve ventilation inside your home is by using a dehumidifier, which can be found for around £1 in your local supermarket, to prevent damp and mould.
Households should also clean extractor fans to ensure that moisture is escaping while using the bathroom or kitchen.
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