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    Eww! Mould in my room plus damp problems!

    I have noticed a small case of damp in my Uni house (private letted) I tried to keep this at bay by opening the windows to let a fresh supply of air etc, it is getting a little better (i think) Just looked behind my bedside table and theres mould everywhere. I've wiped it off with a Dettol cloth.

    Is there any better or alternative methods I can try to get rid of this mould and damp! Its driving me nuts

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    room needs good ventilation so opening windows is a good idea

    Banned

    if you dont get to the bottom of the problem it will just come back, so cleaning it is fine but wont stop it returning

    Move furniture away from the walls.

    a dehumidifier will help

    Yeah, open windows, pull cupboards, drawers etc away from walls to let air get round them better (try not to put them in the corners of rooms on outside walls, or outside walls at all if possible) Use mould spray to clean any problems before doing the above.

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    boothy

    a dehumidifier will help



    would a cheap one do the trick, reading online and some said they paid £80 for one! I'm quite strapped for cash at the moment.

    Is it at all the landladies problem?

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    golemsmate

    would a cheap one do the trick, reading online and some said they paid … would a cheap one do the trick, reading online and some said they paid £80 for one! I'm quite strapped for cash at the moment.Is it at all the landladies problem?



    Might have to rethink my room position because my rooms got the chimney breast in the middle, so one side is a fitted wardrobe (its wet on the side of that) and the other side has a window and my desk that fits into it.

    I just pulled out the desk and cleaned all the wall

    golemsmate

    would a cheap one do the trick, reading online and some said they paid … would a cheap one do the trick, reading online and some said they paid £80 for one! I'm quite strapped for cash at the moment.Is it at all the landladies problem?






    a cheap one will be fine for a single room.....I have a £99 one from homebase which does the trick if needed


    avoid the mini ones,i have this one
    homebase.co.uk/web…IER
    Edited by: "boothy" 20th Oct 2010

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    boothy

    a cheap one will be fine for a single room.....I have a £99 one from … a cheap one will be fine for a single room.....I have a £99 one from homebase which does the trick if neededavoid the mini ones,i have this one[url=http://www.homebase.co.uk/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?langId=-1&storeId=20001&partNumber=4250203&Trail=searchtext%3EDEHUMIDIFIER]http://www.homebase.co.uk/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?langId=-1&storeId=20001&partNumber=4250203&Trail=searchtext%3EDEHUMIDIFIER[/url]



    I really dont know if i can spare £100, saw a smallish one in morrisons for £10, are those just a gimmick and wont do anything? Or is it possible to rent or borrow one off somewhere

    golemsmate

    I really dont know if i can spare £100, saw a smallish one in morrisons … I really dont know if i can spare £100, saw a smallish one in morrisons for £10, are those just a gimmick and wont do anything? Or is it possible to rent or borrow one off somewhere




    they will be crap and useless....have a word with your landlady and see if she will go halves and say you will leave it when you leave the house.......alternatively try to hire one...no idea about costs though

    It's a shame you cleared it off as the landlady won't be able to see the full extent of the problem now. Maybe inform the landlady asap, let her know you have tried wiping it off, let her know you are unhappy and ask her to do something about it.
    Mould is not good for your health, but it will more than likely be expensive to fix so the landlady might just make her excuses, but definitely inform her of the issues.

    your landlady should be buying it and replaceing anything thats been ruined through dampness

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    I've let her know, shes been an ok landlady except for the start when she let people stay on longer than they should.

    I dont think anythings been damaged yet, little worried because i had a laptop i was working on in the cupboard that was damp

    If inside the cupboards are getting damp, it might not be a long term or perfect solution, but I can highly recommend lakeland.co.uk/moi…538 obviously it wont work for a whole room but within a small confined space like a wardrobe or cupboard it will help. I used to have an issue with my wardrobe getting damp which made the clothes smelly, this sorted it out and is surprisingly effective.

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    whatsThePoint

    are you on the top floor, could be water leaking in the roof



    i am, it could be I dont know how i could find out

    how much do you have the heating on? often student houses are damp as they refuse to put it on to save money. Also do you dry clothes/laundry in your room, this is often an offender for damp.

    There are good anti damp paints you can buy, such as this
    diy.com/diy…y=0
    not suggesting you should have to do this though as its a rented house.

    The landlord should sort it but if its lifestyle thats causing it eg heating/damp clothes it will keep coming back, and if i was the landlord i'd be reluctant to shell out for a dehumidifier if i knew this was the case.

    You should get it sorted though as you might well find you start getting more colds and struggling with breathing at night because of it.

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    sickly sweet

    If inside the cupboards are getting damp, it might not be a long term or … If inside the cupboards are getting damp, it might not be a long term or perfect solution, but I can highly recommend http://www.lakeland.co.uk/moisture-trap/F/C/cleaning-protecting/C/cleaning-protecting-de-humidifiers/product/21538 obviously it wont work for a whole room but within a small confined space like a wardrobe or cupboard it will help. I used to have an issue with my wardrobe getting damp which made the clothes smelly, this sorted it out and is surprisingly effective.



    ooo interesting and cheap!! Might be a solution towards making the cupboard dry

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    forest2002

    how much do you have the heating on? often student houses are damp as … how much do you have the heating on? often student houses are damp as they refuse to put it on to save money. Also do you dry clothes/laundry in your room, this is often an offender for damp.There are good anti damp paints you can buy, such as this[url=http://www.diy.com/diy/jsp/bq/nav.jsp?isSearch=true&fh_search=damp+paint&x=0&y=0]http://www.diy.com/diy/jsp/bq/nav.jsp?isSearch=true&fh_search=damp+paint&x=0&y=0[/url]not suggesting you should have to do this though as its a rented house.The landlord should sort it but if its lifestyle thats causing it eg heating/damp clothes it will keep coming back, and if i was the landlord i'd be reluctant to shell out for a dehumidifier if i knew this was the case.You should get it sorted though as you might well find you start getting more colds and struggling with breathing at night because of it.



    lol had a cold for the past week, not freshers flu, second year so I'm studying, not partying

    I havent dried any clothes in my room and we've been quite generous with the heating, its on at the moment.

    Another possible area could be because one of my bedroom walls has the shower on the other side, i have checked the seals on the bath and its all new

    whatsThePoint

    are you on the top floor, could be water leaking in the roof



    It would most likely be at the top of the wall near the ceiling if this were the case.

    golemsmate

    lol had a cold for the past week, not freshers flu, second year so I'm … lol had a cold for the past week, not freshers flu, second year so I'm studying, not partying I havent dried any clothes in my room and we've been quite generous with the heating, its on at the moment.Another possible area could be because one of my bedroom walls has the shower on the other side, i have checked the seals on the bath and its all new



    In which case I'd get the landlady to get someone out to look at it, you might well be doing her a favour long term, these things are only likely to get worse, does the wall feel wet/very cold in comparison to the other walls?

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    I bought some of those moisture traps, i could make the problem better for a while i hope, the land lady takes her time...

    I'll have a look later, it'll be hard because its a semi but with only 2 small walkways between the next one, im tall though!

    Yes some walls do feel a lot wetter than others, its mainly situated round the side facing outside/chimney and not the inside walls

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    Well done guys + girls on the suggestions so far its nice to see a thread full of helpful comments
    Edited by: "golemsmate" 20th Oct 2010

    golemsmate

    Well done guys + girls on the suggestions so far its nice to see a … Well done guys + girls on the suggestions so far its nice to see a thread full of helpful comments



    Well for once on here its not a stupid question than can be solved in 2 seconds on google or by contacting the supplier!
    Edited by: "cdm22" 20th Oct 2010

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    cdm22

    Well for once on here its not a stupid question than can be solved in 2 … Well for once on here its not a stupid question than can be solved in 2 seconds on google or by contacting the supplier!



    Ahh that's better :-) back to the normal HUKD :-)

    Banned

    should be the landladies obligation to pay for it surely ?

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    I'm not going to buy anything expensive for it, I spent £5 for 2 moisture traps and I'll put one by the window and in the cupboard.

    If it doesn't solve it then she's gonna have to do something... I told her via text so hopefully she gets back to me

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    The landlady let me know she's coming today, so I'm glad but also worried she won't think it's as bad because I got rid of the mould. I'll see what she says though
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