Posted on
September 18th, 2015

Ready For Fresher’s Week?

With Fresher’s Week upon us soon and a return for older students soon after, it is important for everyone to be vigilant in their new accommodation.

Keeping an eye out for mould and damp may not be the first thought entering the mind of a student acclimatising to their new surroundings, or even parents who may be dropping their children off, but it should be a consideration nonetheless.

When looking around flats and houses, you may have been more concerned about the amount of room, neighbours, and the distance to the nearest pub, but the structure of the house is incredibly important. It is somewhat of a cliché to consider a student flat to be an old, damp infested house with an unscrupulous landlord, and this is often not the case nowadays. Unfortunately there are some landlords who decide to take shortcuts and perform minimal maintenance work on properties.

Even in halls, it is a good idea to keep an eye out for mould and damp issues, so that they can be reported if they are out of your control. More often than not, problems can occur as people move away from home and have little experience with living alone. Making sure that areas are well ventilated when cooking, bathing and cleaning is essential to reducing the risk of mould growth, which can adversely affect your health.

So don’t let damp or mould ruin your time at university, try to remain vigilant for damage – even on top of everything else you have to do!

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