The Growing Problem of Damp & Mould in Social Housing
Tackling this issue is increasingly be coming a priority for housing associations and local authorities. In order to adequately address the issue, it is essential that there is a partnership between these parties, as well as the government, to ensure that appropriate and effective changes are made.
This could include increasing funding for maintenance and repair works, introducing stricter regulations on building standards, and ensuring that all tenants are given the right advice and support.
It is also important to ensure that the necessary infrastructure is in place to facilitate preventative measures. This could include installing effective ventilation systems, patching up any cracks or holes in walls, regularly cleaning and removing any mould, and providing advice to tenants on how to reduce the risk of damp and mould. By taking these proactive steps, housing associations and local authorities can help to reduce the risk of damp and mould in social housing.
Finally, it is important to raise awareness of the risks associated with damp and mould. Through educating both tenants and housing associations, it is possible to encourage the implementation of preventative measures and ensure that everyone is taking the necessary steps to protect their homes.
Overall, the growing problem of damp and mould in social housing must be addressed with urgency and effectiveness. By taking proactive steps, housing associations and local authorities can help to protect the health of their tenants and preserve their buildings.
The Surveyor Cube
Damp & Mould Monitoring in Minutes
Landlords can proactively prevent and manage potential damp and mould issues using the Surveyor Cube. This system has already been included in landlord
reports to the Housing Ombudsman, demonstrating the commitment to ensure the safety and wellbeing of tenants.
Identifying the causes of damp and mould can be difficult, but humidity is a key factor. Humidity can be influenced by three factors:
Failing building infrastructure
Highly efficient building insulation upgrades without the corresponding ventilation upgrades
The Cube is a plug and play system that can be installed in minutes by a nonskilled person during an initial property survey helping to streamline the installation costs and program.
The system will instantly and continuously monitor and report temperature and humidity from each room in which a MultiDot is installed and not just from a central location.
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The Vericon platform will analyse the data to determine the risk level and the severity, allowing the most serious cases to be addressed first. The telemetry, available on the platform, will give an insight to the changes throughout the day, and additional insight to the cause before planned works or interventions are defined.
Whatever the cause, the important thing is that by using Surveyor Cube you will have the information you require to issue a solution that will last.
Whilst cleaning programs are a vey important aspect of the process, it is not a solution. Without solving the root cause of the problem, mould will quickly return and so will the solicitors.
Vericons’ Damp & Mould report evaluates the telemetry for each property, room by room and can be downloaded from the portal.
The report then qualifies the severity of the risk, property by property and room by room. It will also show each rooms performance over the month.
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