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Combat and Prevent Mould Growth in Your Home This Winter

As the cold, rain, and moisture increase during this time of year, our homes become prime environments for mould growth. While it’s often through no fault of your own, it’s crucial to combat mould effectively and immediately.

Why Immediate Action Against Mould is Essential

When you notice any signs of mould, immediate action is essential! Simply cleaning mould is not enough; it must be killed to prevent regrowth and spreading. Using the right products is key to killing mould spores.

A simple yet effective home remedy involves mixing white vinegar with warm water. Alternatively, you can find mould-killing products at most retailers.

Preventing Mould: Key Measures

Preventing mould is easier than treating it. Here are some preventive measures:

| Regularly air out your home.
| Use a dehumidifier or moisture absorber, such as those available from Woolworths or Bunnings.
| Allow as much natural light in as possible.
| Frequently inspect window frames and ceilings for early signs of mould growth.

For more detailed tips on preventing mould this winter, please see below.

Detailed Tips for Preventing Mould

Increase Ventilation and Airflow: Open doors and windows whenever possible, or use an air conditioner or fan. Move furniture away from walls, open closet doors, and avoid overfilling cupboards to enhance air circulation and limit mould growth.

Ensure Ventilation When Using Hot Water: During showers, use an exhaust fan if available. Afterwards, open the bathroom window and shut the door to let steam escape. Minimise clutter in the shower, and wipe down surfaces with a clean towel or squeegee. Mould thrives on soap residue and in grout, so keeping these areas clean is essential.

Vent Moisture-Producing Appliances: Ensure dryers, stoves, and similar appliances are vented outdoors, or keep a door or window open when they are in use. Avoid using humidifiers when possible.

Address Condensation on Cold Surfaces: In winter, cold surfaces like windows can create condensation, which encourages mould growth. Dry these surfaces immediately and address the source of the moisture.

Properly Dry Damp Fabrics: Towels, clothes, curtains, carpets, and other damp fabrics can develop mould within two days. Dry laundry outside if possible. If you must dry laundry indoors, do so in a room with an open window to provide ventilation, as drying clothes in front of a heater can create condensation.

Clean and Disinfect Surfaces Regularly: Clean sinks, tiles, and other surfaces to prevent mould growth. Regularly vacuum carpets to inhibit mould.

Fix Plumbing Leaks Promptly: Prevent moisture buildup and mould growth by addressing plumbing leaks immediately. Notify your Property Manager immediately of any leaking pipes or damaged guttering.

Store Items Properly: Ensure occasional use items are dry and clean before storing them.

Monitor for Water Stains: Water stains on ceilings or walls may indicate damage or excess moisture, which can lead to mould. Notify your Property Manager if you notice any water stains.

Care for Indoor Plants: Avoid overwatering indoor plants, and consider lightly dusting the soil surface with cinnamon to prevent mould.

By following these tips, you can help maintain a mould-free home this winter.

What to Do If You Find Mould

If you do find mould, take action immediately. Should the mould persist despite your efforts, please lodge a maintenance request in writing to rentals@dimosons.com.au, attaching pictures to your email.

Stay warm and mould-free!

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