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Fight against humidity problems

You may have already noticed small drops of condensation on you windows or mould stains in the corners of your rooms. In both cases, this means you probably have humidity problems. To help you, we offer you our best advice on how to detect mould and get rid of it.

Fight against humidity problems

How to detect humidity problems?

First, pay attention to the aspect of your windows, if condensation droplets are present, open the windows and allow the air circulate for a moment inside the room.

Inspect the condition of your floors and walls regularly. If stains appear on the walls, if the floor is warped or if the paint begins to peel, inform your real-estate agency immediately so that an intervention can be planned.

To have an accurate indicator, you can measure the humidity level, which is usually between 40 and 60%.

Do not obstruct your ventilation

Indeed, it is important not to clutter up the air vents in your accommodation. Do not place any furniture in front of them and above all do not cover them (even if it is cold outside).

Also, do not try to fill the gaps under the doors; they allow air to circulate freely between rooms.

For risky rooms

Kitchens and bathrooms are rooms particularly exposed to the risk of mould. Accumulation of water around the sink, excessive water vapour, leaks, etc. The causes are many and varied!

Also, to limit the risks, we advise you to clean the borders of your sink; when cooking, turn on the hood and make sure it is adequately maintained (degreasing and changing the filters). Also, remember to ventilate more regularly.

For the bathroom, we advise you to activate the ventilation when using this room. Reducing the duration of your showers and the frequency of your baths also helps to limit the production of humidity. This reduction is particularly important if your bathroom does not have a window.

Finally, if you do not own clothes dryer, remember to air the room in which you hang your clothes more frequently.

Remove already installed moulds

If the traces are slight and rare, you can use a rag and household vinegar or a disinfectant such as bleach to remove the stain.

If, on the other hand, mould is widespread and encrusted, it is necessary to inform your real-estate agency. First of all to identify the source of moisture and then to hire a professional. Once the problem has been treated, a dehumidifier can be installed.

If you encounter problems with humidity, you can refer to the OFSP brochure. In case of doubt, contact the technical manager of your building, who will be able to help you with the necessary steps to take.

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by  Victoria Blondeau