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What Causes Mould

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Fruit that has developed mould on it will spawn into the air and then settle on furniture waiting for damp conditions.

 

 

Air conditioning units invariably incubate mould in the condense tray where it has a constant supply of water, dust and air, it is then blown back into the air causing further contamination. (This is a major reason to get them serviced)

 

Damp wardrobes and kitchen cupboards are also favourite places and if left untreated can totally destroy the cupboards and any thing organic inside it.

 

 

This all seems very daunting however mould can easily be prevented by reducing moisture, dirt and dust. Many houses in Cyprus have mould problems mostly due to humidity whether it is in the summer or from gas heaters, wet clothing or steamy bathrooms in the winter.

 

 

Damp is also a major issue here because building are not built with damp proof courses or with cavity walls this allows damp to penetrate into a structure creating moisture usually mould and damp go hand in hand.

Quite often pipes are badly installed or broken causing traumatic damp this damages the fabric of the building and will cause mould.

 

Flat roofing and balconies can leak allowing water to seep in, also in the winter they will cause ceilings to become cold if water is laying in puddles, this will allow condensation to form on the cold ceilings.

 

One way to prevent mould is to reduce the condensation in the home by keeping the place ventilated and by not letting rooms become too cold, try not to use gas heaters because they will create moisture also try not to dry clothes on radiators.

 

 

Mould dosent like ultraviolet light i.e. sunlight so keep your curtains open in the day and open windows too.

 

Mould loves dirt and grime, dust is responsible for 80% of mould problems so regular cleaning is essential.

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