No matter the age of a house, whether it is situated next to a body of water or inland, there aren’t many homes immune to the ill effects of dampness – especially when left unattended.
Holiday-home care differs slightly from caring for a home that is lived in all year round. Your holiday-home sits through the hot, humid summer, or the cold wet winter with no one to know if the humidity or dampness is creeping up, resulting in appliances rusting, unprotected wooden furniture deteriorating and mould and mildew spreading throughout the house.
Arriving at your holiday-home and encountering a strong musty smell can dampen (pardon the pun!) one’s holiday mood. Problems with mould and mildew can also be detrimental for your health. An increasing numbers of children and adults are suffering from allergies to moulds, and in some cases developing more serious respiratory conditions, such as asthma.
So what can you do to help maintain your holiday-home and keep it free from damp and humidity – it’s all about moisture control.
Here are a few suggestions:
- Make sure that gutters are clear and that downspouts carry water away from the house.
- Fix any signs where potential mould can grow.
- Make sure you look for standing water around refrigerators, toilets, water tanks, washers, anywhere water is used before you leave.
- Pay attention to plumbing.
- Keep your holiday-home clean before you’re departure – ensure to clean and disinfect along the windows.
- Eliminate clutter. Keep the air moving freely in every part of the house.
- Invest in a good dehumidifier. You will need a dehumidifier that can drain away continuously so that you don’t have to worry about emptying the container (which will fill up each day) and auto-restart so that if you have a power cut, the dehumidifier will restart in the mode that you set rather than go into standby mode waiting for you to press a button.
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