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    Mould problem! HELP

    My boyfriend and i have recently moved into a one bedroom, ground floor flat (middle of Sept) with no central heating. This is our first rented accomodation.

    We have some mould problems in the bedroom round the windows and in the corner of the room. As well as the kitchen window and the bathroom windows.

    We have tried cleaning it off with normal household products, but it came back again. We are aware that we need to ventilate the flat, we open the window in the kitchen when cooking/washing up and turn on the extractor fan and the same in the bathroom. However we cant seem to stop it forming? Personally i think its unrealistic to expect us to have all the windows open at this time of year due to the cold, not to mention the security risks being on the ground floor. All windows are single glazed. The landlord provided us with three electric heaters which we are using sparingly because of the electricity bill.

    I intend to visit B&Q to buy some mould killer ASAP, but how can i be sure it doesnt return? I am so worried we will lose our deposit over this when i feel we are trying to ventilate as much as we can without living in freezing conditions.

    Another note, not sure if this is connected, but the overflow pipe from the upstairs flat is leaking onto the outside kitchen wall, will this contributing to the mould even at the other end of the flat? We have informed the letting agents of this problem who said they would "let the management company know".

    Please help, i am very concerned about this.

    #2
    Firstly im not a builder but in my experience you may have a couple of things that need checking.

    If any mould is appearing away from a window on another wall there is more than likely a leak above somewhere.

    The mould around the windows could be from them not being sealed well enough or the windows are not upto the job to keep the cold out. Are they doubled glazed.

    Not having any heating is not helping the situation.

    The mould will just keep coming back especially at this time of year if the root of the problem is not found.

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      #3
      try bleaching off the mould and then painting the walls/ceiling with an anti-mould paint. this worked well in our last place. we were also provided with a de-humidifier by our landlady but you could try getting one of those too.

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        #4
        Here we go again. T'is the season to be mouldy, tra-la-la-la-la-la...

        Do we not have a sticky on Mould, Damp, Fungus, Condensation and General Grot which we could re-instate as November approaches?
        'Pause you who read this, and think for a moment of the long chain of iron or gold, of thorns or flowers, that would never have bound you, but for the formation fo the first link on one memorable day'. Charles Dickens, Great Expectations

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          #5
          I will definitely try to speak to the letting agents about the dehumidifier, however the cost of running it 24/7 is a financial worry. Do you think that the landlord will agree to this though (we have no direct contact to our landlord and can only speak to our letting agent)? I am worried the letting agents will not even entertain this (especially as we had problems with them when moving in - they tried to have a full blown row with us when picking up our keys)

          My partner is working away from home for the next two months so i will have to wait til he returns before i can start painting.

          The windows are single glazed windows, they did have a clear plastic film over them but the cat decided to shred this, we are going to replace this before we leave.

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            #6
            Originally posted by mind the gap View Post
            Here we go again. T'is the season to be mouldy, tra-la-la-la-la-la...

            Do we not have a sticky on Mould, Damp, Fungus, Condensation and General Grot which we could re-instate as November approaches?
            apologies if this is an annoyance, this is my first thread and post...

            i thought i would get more accurate and beneficial advice if i fully explained our situation.

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              #7
              dehumidifier

              An Ebac works really well and removes all the moisture from the air. You do not have to have it on 24/7, just at night maybe.
              The condensation will not go away however without major work from the LL. I have just spent a huge amount rectifying this in my tenants house.

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                #8
                Originally posted by stephwa View Post
                The windows are single glazed windows, they did have a clear plastic film over them but the cat decided to shred this, we are going to replace this before we leave.
                The clear plastic film was secondary double glazing. You should replace it now.

                We used it in our first home which also didn't have double glazing.

                You can buy it in Wickes. http://www.wickes.co.uk/Secondary-Gl...4?source=123_4

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                  #9
                  Sadly its very common at this time of year, there are some things that you can do a lot have already been suggested for you.

                  Are there extractor fans in the kitchen and bathroom?
                  How do you dry clothes, do you have a dryer?

                  Wipe excess moisture from windows when they condensate.
                  Shower with the bathroom door shut and wipe down as required, open window after shower and close bathroom door.
                  When using bleach on walls use a diluted amount don't put straight on walls, but to be fair many household products will work.
                  The dehumidifier will help and many are low energy consumption now.

                  Has your agent asked a damp specialist to check there are no other possible causes?
                  Ask agent to investigate the overflow to see if this is an issue.

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                    #10
                    Originally posted by stephwa View Post
                    apologies if this is an annoyance, this is my first thread and post...

                    i thought i would get more accurate and beneficial advice if i fully explained our situation.
                    Not an annoyance at all. It's just that yours was the first post of what will no doubt be a long and slimy Mould Season on Landlordzone. I was just heralding it in.
                    'Pause you who read this, and think for a moment of the long chain of iron or gold, of thorns or flowers, that would never have bound you, but for the formation fo the first link on one memorable day'. Charles Dickens, Great Expectations

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                      #11
                      Thanks all for suggestions...

                      We have a small extractor fan in the bathroom and we close the door and open the window when showering (which is embarrassing as people can see in! but we still do this and pull the blind) Thre is also a fan in the kitchen which we use whenever we cook or wash up.

                      We do not dry any clothes indoors, we take all clothes to a relative as we have nowhere to dry them and no heating.

                      i will make a conscious effort to wipe the windows down in the morning before i leave for work.

                      We cant replace the plastic film yet as the cat will only rip this again, the landlord was aware of our cat when we moved in and okay'd this.

                      Is it unreasonable to request a dehumidifier to help combat this problem? We obviously dont want to ruin this persons property, and i dont believe we are reckless with our lifestyle and use of the property.

                      We both work 5 days/week 8-5pm, so we cannot open any windows during those periods as this will be inviting burglars in. we open windows as much as we can, but with the cold weather, i begrudge paying for heating and leaving it to go straight out of the window. currently we have the heating on for about an hour in the morning when we wake.

                      Because of the horrible experience we had with the LA the day we moved in, i am scared of how this will turn out for us, obviously i am expecting them not to help us and just say "its your fault you sort it" which obviously it is a product of us living there but i feel we are taking sensible precautions, but this isnt enough. Are they obliged to help us? Or can they just refuse and leave us with this horrible situation?

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                        #12
                        Originally posted by Springfields View Post
                        Has your agent asked a damp specialist to check there are no other possible causes?
                        Ask agent to investigate the overflow to see if this is an issue.

                        We havent told the LA yet as we have been trying to monitor the problem so we know what the situation is... my OH is a builder and said that is more than likely down to condensation rather than the building itself - however he overflow pipe from upstairs has left out outside wall completely soaked.

                        Are we doing the right thing by letting the agent know of the situation or should we shut up and try to deal with this on our own?

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                          #13
                          Originally posted by stephwa View Post
                          We havent told the LA yet as we have been trying to monitor the problem so we know what the situation is... my OH is a builder and said that is more than likely down to condensation rather than the building itself - however he overflow pipe from upstairs has left out outside wall completely soaked.

                          Are we doing the right thing by letting the agent know of the situation or should we shut up and try to deal with this on our own?
                          Let the agent know, if this is not the first time the property has been let through them they will be fully aware of the issues already I can assure you.

                          Yes it will be condensation, however, I looked after a very similar property, where the tenant was doing all they could to combat the damp, it turned out there was a leak and the majority of the condensation was caused by that.

                          With there also being no heating system this isn't going to be an easy issue to resolve, especially as it seems that you are doing what you can.

                          Yes demand the dehumidifier

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                            #14
                            Originally posted by stephwa View Post
                            My partner is working away from home for the next two months so i will have to wait til he returns before i can start painting.
                            Do not paint anything without the LL's written consent.

                            Originally posted by stephwa View Post
                            Is it unreasonable to request a dehumidifier to help combat this problem?
                            Really not sure how much good this would do. The problem is probably due to (or exacerbated by) the lack of central heating.

                            One thing you could try is asking the Environmental Health Officer to inspect. See
                            http://england.shelter.org.uk/get_ad...nditions/hhsrs

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                              #15
                              Originally posted by stephwa View Post
                              Is it unreasonable to request a dehumidifier to help combat this problem?
                              Originally posted by westminster View Post
                              Really not sure how much good this would do. The problem is probably due to (or exacerbated by) the lack of central heating.
                              The removal of the secondary double glazing on the windows also does not help the situation.

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