Former builder reveals little-known cause of damp and mold

A former builder has revealed a little-known cause of damp and mold that could be causing serious damage to your property, as well as an easy way to prevent it for just £10.

The expert revealed the often overlooked cause of moisture and mold that many homeowners overlook when looking for the source of the problem.

The expert noted that the damp conditions could be caused by gutter problems outside the home that allow mold to grow inside.

Clive Holland, a former builder and host of a popular podcast and radio show on Fix Radio, told The Sun newspaper: “Your gutters redirect rain away from your roof and foundation to prevent water damage. But if they get blocked with wet debris, it may not be working properly.

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He added that if your gutters are blocked, the rain will have nowhere to go, which means it can push under your roof and seep into your home.

This starts the process of mold growth that can cause problems for the structure and its health.

However, Clive revealed an easy solution to the moisture problem that won’t break the bank.

Costing less than £10, the expert said all you need is a gutter guard which will prevent debris and other objects from blocking you.

This will allow for easier flow and prevent water from pooling and affecting your home.

Luckily these can be bought online from marketplaces like Amazon where a gutter guard can cost between £7.99 and £8.98.

Clive added that the screen guards are fairly easy to fit, advising owners: “Put the screen on and use the pegs to keep it in place. If you’ve bought guards they will often clip on without the need for screws.”

Clive also said you can buy ‘bird’s nests’ or ‘balloons’ which are used in the part of the gutter where the water is drawn up and spread out.

On the dangers of moisture, Clive said: “Moisture can cause a lot of pain. If it gets on your property, it can damage your belongings.”

“Mold can also cause a whole host of allergies and irritants. That’s why keeping gutters clear is so important, as it can help minimize both moisture and mold.”


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