Mould and mildew form on painted walls when there’s a high level of humidity and inadequate ventilation.

Once mould forms, the spores can become airborne. They can lead to allergic reactions and breathing troubles, as well as unpleasant smells and unattractive spotting.Sometimes mould develops in hidden corners, up high in the back of a cupboard, or around a window frame where it’s hidden by the window treatments. You may not realize you have a problem with mould until smells or health concerns bring it to your attention.If you’ve been coughing and sneezing, or your home doesn’t seem as fresh as you like it to be, check those hidden areas and see if mould is the culprit.Here’s how to avoid mould troubles:

  • Keep your home clean, dry, and well-ventilated.

  • When you dry washing inside, whether it’s intimate apparel on a line over the tub or wool jerseys lying flat on a counter, open a window to allow the extra moisture to escape.

  • When you run a bath, run the cold water first and then warm up the tub with the hot water. This creates less condensation than running warm water from the beginning.

  • Use an exhaust fan when you shower.

  • Deal with leaks or spills quickly, before the moisture soaks down into carpets or soft furnishings. Leaks around windows and damp carpets can eventually create mouldy walls, as well as mildew in the fabrics and fibers.

  • If weather permits, open a window in your bathroom, kitchen and laundry room. Let the steam escape and have less trouble with mould.

  • Insulate cold pipes.