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Can Anti Mould Paints Help With Damp And Mould Problems?

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Can Anti Mould Paints Help With Damp And Mould Problems?

By EnviroVent Dec 06, 2018

You may have previously heard of using chemical treatments or mould paint as a way to prevent damp and mould problems.

Whilst the ingredients vary somewhat from manufacturer to manufacturer one of the most commonly used mould fighting ingredients is a chemical called benzisothiazolone.

This chemical features two modes of action that makes it the ideal choice for use in anti-mould paints; it is both a microbicide and a fungicide. These components might sound like they belong in farming products however they are used in a surprisingly wide range of products within the home.

Although these will initially remove the mould or damp problem, they are often not a permanent solution. The coatings and finishes contain biocide which often contains a toxic chemical. Mould can’t produce in this substance but the damp issues will still be there and it will re-appear when the chemical fails. Often this happens in a number of days, subject to the type of chemicals in the paint.

The best way to prevent condensation, damp and mould is to ensure your property is sufficiently ventilated. If you have a bathroom that is regularly drenched in condensation from heavy showers every day - like most are, it is imperative that you properly ventilate the room. 

If you have an existing severe mould issue you are going to need the address the issue then implement a proper ventilation solution to ensure the issue doesn't come back. 

There is no one cure for mould due to the variety and level of severity the mould is and some require professional removal. For example if you have a problem with toxic mould, then you need to seek professional treatment in order to ensure that your home is a safe environment for you and your family. If you find a colony of toxic mould, it is very important that you do not disturb it. Touching or moving the mould can cause an enormous amount of harmful spores to be released in the air, to the detriment of you and the people you share your home with.

For other, more common strains of mould, there is a wide variety of mould treatments available that clean the mould, which are easy to use on your own.

First, you must thoroughly clean your walls before getting rid of the black mould located on it. To do this, you'll need to use warm water with a mild soap brand. Next, pour the mixture into a spray bottle and apply it to the walls containing the mould. Use a sponge or a scrub brush to clean the walls completely.

A simple solution for removing non-toxic mould from your home is to clean it using a non-toxic, mould cleaning solution. When the mould has been eradicated, it is important to dry the surface thoroughly, in order to prevent the mould from returning.

Another simple yet short-term solution is to kill the mould and nasty marks on your walls with bleach. If you do wish to try this tactic remember to wear thick clothes (you don't mind getting ruined), rubber gloves and a face guard as both the mould and bleach fumes can be dangerous to inhale. To clean mould off your walls, follow these steps -

  • Simply mix one part bleach to four parts water.
  • Using a damp cloth gently scrub until the mould is gone.
  • Once finished, dry the area well with a soft cloth.

Remember however, this is not a long term solution and you really need to tackle the cause of the mould to ensure it doesn't come back. If the mould is as a result of sewage or floodwater you should not remove this yourself as it can be harmful to your health. It is best to seek a professional as the area will need to be treated and disinfected. 

Bathroom mould isn’t always obvious. Check out hidden areas, such as under sinks, access doors to shower and bath fixtures, around exhaust fans, even in crawl spaces and basements underneath bathrooms.

To remove mould from a bathroom -

  • Strip away and replace any caulking or sealant that has mould growth.
  • Clean your bathroom with mould-killing products, such as bleach, vinegar, or hydrogen peroxide. Just don't mix those products; mixing can cause toxic reactions.
  • Open windows and doors while cleaning to provide fresh air and help dry out the mould.

Once you have treated your mould or mildew, it is important to make some changes to the way your room is ventilated, in order to prevent further outbreaks.

At EnviroVent, we have a range of products that can help to keep your home well-ventilated and mould free. For badly-ventilated kitchens and bathrooms, it is definitely worth installing an extractor fan, such as our Cyclone 7. It effectively tracks and detects water vapour in the atmosphere and comes with a 7-year guarantee, so you can relax in the knowledge that your home is a safe and spore-free environment.

If you want to improve the indoor air quality in your home, we recommend our single room heat recovery unit, the heatSava. Using state-of-the-art technology, it simultaneously retains heat within your home and provides fresh air from outside through internal tubes, meaning that you can feel the benefits of opening your windows without increasing your chances of condensation.

In addition to ventilation and heat retention products, it is also important to ensure that your home is well cared for in other ways, in order to prevent unnecessary moisture which causes mould and mildew to appear in the first place.

Check to see if your windows are allowing rain to seep in and if the sealant around them is damaged. Additionally check there is no damage to your roof as this could also allow rain to seep in and damage the interior of your property. Always make sure that you dry wet areas immediately. Wipe up spillages and make sure to dry floors and walls after you take a bath or shower. If possible, dry wet clothes outside or in a dryer rather than on radiators, as the moisture from your clothes travels straight into the air. Never leave wet clothes in the washing machine and replace water-damaged carpets and fabrics immediately.

A good way to monitor humidity in your home is through a moisture meter, which can be bought from most good DIY stores. Ideally, humidity should be between 30 and 60 percent. Although indoor plants improve the air quality of your home, moist soil and leaves also provide the perfect breeding ground for mould. Make sure you clean and move your plants around regularly, in order to prevent a build-up of mould.

Leaks are commonly caused by broken gutters or drainpipes. Make sure to inspect the exterior of your house regularly, in order to prevent a simply cracked drainpipe from becoming a larger and more expensive problem.

Finally, it is important to let air circulate through your home. Keep internal doors open as much as possible and move the furniture away from walls. Open windows on dry days to let fresh air blow into your home, which will reduce moisture and therefore help to prevent mould.

In conclusion, yes, of course anti-mould paint can work as a preventative measure but is just one part of what should be an all-round action plan to keep your home safe from damp and mould. If you only use anti-mould paint the problem will come back becuase you are not actually addressing the issue.