Damp and mould can be a problem in many homes leading to damage to the building or even effecting the health of the people living there.
Some dampness is caused by condensation. To find out how condensation forms and how to keep it to a minimum, we have produced the following fact sheet on damp and mould in the home.
Dealing with damp, condensation and mould growth in your home (210kb)
Condensation is not the only cause of dampness, it can also come from defects in the building such as leaking pipes, rain seeping through the roof because of missing slates, or from rising dampness.
If you are renting your home from a private landlord and you believe that repairs are required or there is insufficient heating or insulation, in the first instance you should contact your landlord to advise them of the problems you are experiencing to give them an opportunity to resolve the matter. If you are not satisfied with the action taken by your landlord you should contact the council’s private sector housing team.
If you are an owner occupier, unfortunately the council is not able to recommend contractors. Before employing a contractor you should always ask friends or neighbours who you know have had similar work done. Alternatively, try contacting the recognising trade associations and ask for a list of their members that operate in your area. You can sometimes identify trade associations from the Yellow Pages.