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Damp and mould in utility room

Posted: Wed Feb 12, 2020 2:57 pm
by yartin
Maniman wrote:
Wed Feb 12, 2020 1:26 pm
Ok thanks everyone I will install a vent and buy a oil filled heater.
Good luck

Damp and mould in utility room

Posted: Wed Feb 12, 2020 9:35 pm
by Maniman
How often should I keep heater on? As I would like to keep my electric bill low.

Damp and mould in utility room

Posted: Thu Feb 13, 2020 11:11 am
by yartin
Heat the room for 30 mins to 1 hour when used, vents will be enough to do the job at all times. I have 1KW wall fan heater fixed on the wall, 2m height and has 30 mins timer which is perfect for me. You won't need heater much provided enough vents and sunny dry weather outside.

Damp and mould in utility room

Posted: Thu Feb 13, 2020 12:29 pm
by ahfix
Heating the room sounds a really bad idea and waste of money. With vents that is the same as turning the heating on while opening the window.

You need to provide more detail on the room:

does it have an external door
an internal door (to the house), what is it made of
what is the internal room (kitchen?)

You would be much better off with an extractor fan to remove the moisture.

ah

Damp and mould in utility room

Posted: Thu Feb 13, 2020 6:57 pm
by yartin
Heat dries the wet, humid, damp and moist.

Clothes dry quicker in dry hot summer sunny day than a cloudy humid cold winter day.

The above is my opinion only.

Attached leaflet from London Borough of Ealing Council on how to deal with mould.

Damp and mould in utility room

Posted: Thu Feb 13, 2020 7:07 pm
by ahfix
Step 3 = draft proof
Step 4 = heat

The advice you've given to the op contradicts the leaflet.

ah

Damp and mould in utility room

Posted: Thu Feb 13, 2020 7:25 pm
by yartin
I have said what is practical, affordable and has worked for me, inline with the leaflet.

Did the leaflet advise "Heating the room sounds a really bad idea and waste of money" or similar?

Damp and mould in utility room

Posted: Thu Feb 13, 2020 7:39 pm
by Rorschach
I already said the same.

Heating and ventilation do not play nicely together unless very carefully managed. Knocking a hole in the wall and cranking up the heat is just burning fivers.

Damp and mould in utility room

Posted: Thu Feb 13, 2020 7:50 pm
by yartin
Vents on its own would deal with the problem in ideal environment, but what happens when steam inside and humid or rainy outside, what are you ventilating? You need some heat, minimal.