How to prevent mould in your strata home this winter

If persistence were an Olympic event, winter mould would definitely clinch the gold medal. As temperatures drop and rainfall and humidity rise, it’s time to learn how to prevent your strata home from becoming its training ground. Mould not only damages property but also poses serious health risks, including respiratory issues and allergies.

At All Suburbs Strata Management, we bring over 35 years of experience in residential strata management across all Sydney suburbs and the Central Coast. We understand the unique challenges of strata living and the seasonal concerns residents face, including the prevalence of mould in winter. Here’s what you can do.

Why winter is prime time for mould

Firstly, what is mould? Mould is a type of fungus that grows in multicellular filaments called hyphae. It can spread quickly on surfaces, producing spores that are often visible as fuzzy or discoloured patches.

Winter creates the perfect conditions for mould growth. The combination of cooler temperatures, increased indoor humidity from heating systems and reduced ventilation means moisture can accumulate in your home.

Mould spores, which are always present in the air, thrive in damp environments. The decrease in sunlight during shorter winter days and increased condensation on windows and walls contribute to higher moisture levels, creating ideal conditions for mould proliferation.

Our prevention tips and advice

Effective ventilation

Good ventilation is key to preventing mould. During winter, keep windows slightly open when weather permits to allow fresh air to circulate. Use exhaust fans in bathrooms, kitchens and laundries to remove moisture-laden air. If your strata home has mechanical ventilation systems, ensure they are clean and functioning correctly.

Use dehumidifiers and air conditioners

Dehumidifiers are an effective tool for reducing indoor humidity. Place them in areas prone to dampness, such as bathrooms, laundries, and basements. Air conditioners, particularly those with a dry mode, can also help reduce humidity. Remember to regularly clean and maintain your air conditioning units to ensure they operate efficiently.

Regular maintenance and repairs

Your strata management should be proactive about maintenance and repairs. Leaking roofs, gutters, and pipes are common sources of moisture. Report any leaks or damp areas immediately and follow up to confirm they are promptly repaired. Proper insulation and sealing of windows and doors can also prevent condensation build-up.

Keep your home clean and dry

Regular cleaning is crucial in the fight against mould. Dust and organic matter can provide a food source for mould. Vacuum frequently, especially in the corners and under the furniture. Wipe down surfaces in kitchens and bathrooms with anti-fungal cleaners. Use a squeegee to dry shower screens and tiles after use to prevent moisture accumulation.

Use mould-resistant products

Consider using mould-resistant paint and building materials in areas susceptible to dampness, such as bathrooms and kitchens. Mould-resistant paint contains antimicrobial properties that inhibit mould growth on painted surfaces.

Addressing mould outbreaks when they occur

If you encounter mould, act quickly. For small areas, clean with white vinegar or specialised mould cleaning products, and thoroughly dry the area afterwards. Avoid using bleach, as it can exacerbate the problem. For larger infestations, call professional mould removal services. If the infestation is due to damage or defects in common property, contact your owners corporation or strata manager to address both the defect and the mould issue.

Why Choose All Suburbs Strata Management?

By following these tips, you can significantly reduce the risk of mould in your strata home. Prevention and prompt action are key to maintaining a healthy living environment throughout the cooler months and all year round.

At ASSM, our strata management services are highly personalised and proactive. We have over 35 years of experience across various building and strata types and cover all suburbs in Sydney.

Additionally, we offer developer assistance for registration preparation, along with comprehensive strata reports and inspections.
Our team can ensure your strata scheme runs as smoothly as possible. When considering buying into a strata scheme or wanting to engage a professional and qualified team, contact ASSM today.

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