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How To Tell If Your Student Accommodation Has Damp or Mould

Written by Sam | December 10, 2020

Definition of Mold: A mold or mould is a fungus that grows in the form of multicellular filaments called hyphae.

Definition of Damp: moisture diffused through the air or a solid substance or condensed on a surface, typically with detrimental or unpleasant effects.

Having damp and mould in a student accommodation is not nice at all. There can be a lot of causes of damp or mould, however, one of the biggest causes is lifestyle.

Damp and mould is usually the end product of a lot of condensation. For example, if you hang out washing to dry, make pasta, have a shower and many other ordinary and daily activities, but if you don’t allow the damp and moist air to move out then it condensates in the cold areas of the house.

After a period of time, this will then result in the area becoming damp and mouldy.

How To Tell If You Have Damp or Mould

Mould you will be able to physically see. You will be able to see mould on the walls, mattress, chairs and other soft furnishings.

You will usually find these in the cold parts of the house.

For damp, you will be able to smell it. It smells damp and musty and you will then have to locate it. You may also see these signs;

  • Mould or mildew forming on walls.
  • Staining of wall coverings, peeling wallpaper & blistering paint.
  • Dark patches &¬†damp¬†walls.
  • Discolouration & fragmenting plaster.
  • The decay of timber by wood-rotting fungi or presence of wood-boring beetles.

If you have it in your student accommodation, make sure that you let your landlord or letting agent know and they will be able to help you before the problem get’s too bad.

Ways You Can Prevent Damp & Mould as a Student

AS a student your first port of call should be the landlord or letting agent, because they need to determine what the cause is. It could be a guttering issue, a drain issue or a small leak in the house.

If it’s not and it’s a lifestyle cause then, you can do these things to help prevent the build up of damp and mould in your student accommodation:

  • Heat every room or have the radiator on to prevent cold areas
  • On nice days, have the windows open and air the house
  • If you hang out wet washing, put it near a window and crack the window
  • After you have had a shower, again open the window or turn the fan on to circulate the air. Hang your towel out as well.
  • When cooking have an extractor fan on or have a window slightly open to let moisture out

Houses now designed to keep everything in yet, still be ventilated. It’s a slight contradiction and that’s why you have small vents on windows to allow air to move and circulate. Because they are built so tightly, we have to let them breathe or else it is all contained within the house.

Damp and Mould on Student Health

I’m not a medical expert or a damp expert, however, there can be health implications if you live with damp and mould long term.

If you do notice it or are worried, you can easily take a picture or a video and send it to your landlord or letting agent and if they are concerned they can come out and assess the situation.

A good article on damp is this one: Damp Article

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