Dealing with black mould
Mould is a living organism and needs to be killed in order to get rid of it. To do this, apply a fungicidal wash (such as a mould and mildew remover) to the affected area. Fungicidal paint can be effective in reducing mould growth.
What is damp?
Damp occurs when a fault in the building basic structure lets water in from the outside. There are two different types of damp.
Penetrating damp occurs when water enters the property through the walls or roof. This may happen because of loose roof tiles, cracks in the walls, overflowing guttering, damaged render or badly fitting windows/doors. Signs of penetrating damp are blotchy, stained patches on walls, wet and crumbly plaster.
This is caused by a failed damp proof course. This allows moisture in the ground to rise up through the ground floor walls of your home sometimes to a height of one metre. You can usually identify rising damp because it is often seen as a ‘tide mark’ near the bottom of the affected walls.