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Overview

Wherever you live, but especially in the tropics, it’s important to protect your home from dampness. You can start by ensuring there is plenty of fresh air and good ventilation throughout your home. We’ll show you a few other simple ways to get rid of moisture and remove mould throughout your home.

Steps

1Install a roof ventilator

A roof ventilator, such as a whirly-bird, can extract the heat out of your roof space and draw out the moisture. Depending on the size of your roof space, you may need more than one. These ventilators can be installed on tile and tin roofs.

2Keep your bathroom dry and warm

In your bathroom, you can use an extractor fan to draw out the moisture. A 3-in-1-bathroom heater is a great idea in cooler areas, as it can also extract any moisture and keep the room warm and well-lit. For both products you'll need a licenced electrician to help you install them. 

3Make your wardrobe moisture free

A moisture absorber can help keep everything in your wardrobe mould, mildew and moisture free. Following the instructions, simply place the container in the base of your wardrobe. Once the moisture level in the container almost reaches the crystals, drain it, replace the crystals and place it back in the wardrobe.

4Clean mould from the bathroom

There is a range of products to remove mould from your bathroom ceiling and walls. If you use a chemical mould killer, make sure you put on a face mask, rubber gloves and safety glasses before you start. Spray the mould killer onto the mould, leave it for a minute and wipe it off with a clean cloth. 

5Increase airflow around your home

A simple way to reduce the dampness in your home is to keep it well-ventilated. The best way to do this is to keep your windows open and ceiling fans running. If possible consider using fly-screens instead of windows to increase the ventilation in a room.

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Health & Safety

Asbestos, lead-based paints and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber are health hazards you need to look out for when renovating older homes. These substances can easily be disturbed when renovating and exposure to them can cause a range of life-threatening diseases and conditions including cancer. For information on the dangers of asbestos, lead-based paint and CCA treated timber and tips for dealing with these materials contact your local council's Environmental Health Officer or visit our Health & Safety page.

When following our advice in our D.I.Y. videos, make sure you use all equipment, including PPE, safely by following the manufacturer’s instructions. Check that the equipment is suitable for the task and that PPE fits properly. If you are unsure, hire an expert to do the job or talk to a Bunnings Team Member.