How to protect your home from dampness

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How to protect your home from dampness

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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.

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Step by Step Instructions

1 Install a roof ventilator
2 Keep your bathroom dry and warm
3 Make your wardrobe moisture free
4 Clean mould from the bathroom
5 Increase airflow around your home
  • Step 1. Install 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.
  • Step 2. Keep 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. 

  • Step 3. Make 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.

  • Step 4. Clean 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. 

  • Step 5. Increase 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.

Tools and Materials

Tools

  • Face mask
  • Mould cleaner
  • Rubber gloves
  • Safety glasses

Materials

  • 3-in-1-bathroom heater
  • Extractor fan
  • Moisture absorber
  • Whirly-bird roof ventilator
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