Is the UK's Mould Crisis Worsening? How Leak-Free Shower Pods Could Solve The Problem
Posted by Kevin Taylor
Mould has become an increasingly prevalent issue in many UK homes: according to a recent report, 62% of people have experienced problems with mould in their homes at least once, an issue that was exacerbated by the ‘cold winter’ of 2022/23, during which homeowners reduced their heating usage, unwittingly creating the optimum conditions for mould to thrive.
In this article, we will explore the dangers of mould and how the installation of leak-free shower pods can help to mitigate this persistent issue.
Why Is Mould Dangerous To Human Health?
Mould is more than just an unsightly inconvenience: it poses a significant threat to the physical health of residents and the structural integrity of homes:
- Health risks: Mould spores can trigger unpleasant allergic reactions (including sneezing, coughing, and watery eyes), exacerbate respiratory conditions, such as asthma, and cause respiratory infections. For vulnerable individuals - children, the elderly, and those with compromised immune systems - prolonged exposure to mould can lead to severe health complications.
- Structural problems: As well as posing a danger to human health, mould can damage furniture, furnishings, walls, ceilings, and other surfaces. This can lead to expensive repairs and renovations.
The Impact Of The Global Energy Crisis
The recent energy crisis has resulted in homeowners putting the central heating on less during the winter months. While this has reduced energy bills at a time of extreme financial pressure, it has created an environment that is conducive to mould growth. Condensation and dampness thrive in colder, poorly ventilated spaces, providing the perfect breeding ground for mould spores. A lack of adequate heating can lead to moisture accumulating on surfaces, such as walls and ceilings, promoting the growth of mould colonies, particularly in vulnerable areas such as bathrooms.
How Leak-Free Shower Pods Can Reduce The Problem
One effective way to combat mould growth is through the installation of leak-free shower pods. Traditional tile-and-tray showers are prone to leaks from worn fittings, degraded acrylic seals, or cracks in grout, leading to water seepage and dampness. The moisture, which often goes unseen for many months, can contribute to the formation of mould in surrounding areas. Leak-free shower pods, on the other hand, are designed to provide a watertight enclosure, eliminating the risk of leaks and reducing the likelihood of mould growing.
The key to leak-free shower pods lies in their innovative modular design. Assembled from durable GRP, each section achieves a watertight fit, with no need for tiles, grout, or acrylic sealant which, in tile-and-tray showers, can degrade over time. In fact, we’re so confident about the quality and integrity of our shower pods that we guarantee them to be leak-free!
Leak-free shower pods should always be used in combination with effective ventilation, which helps to expel excess moisture, thereby preventing the build-up of condensation. By controlling humidity and maintaining a dry environment, shower pods and ventilation create an inhospitable environment for mould spores, reducing their growth and proliferation.
Contact Advanced Showers For More Information
To find out more about how our shower pods could help to reduce persistent mould in university halls of residence, social housing, or other accommodation, please get in touch with Advanced Showers on 01483 532020 or send us a message.
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