£1m invested in tackling damp and insulating Hackney homes
Hackney Homes is investing a million pounds in an initiative to tackle damp and insulate properties to benefit thousands of residents across the borough.
The pilot programme of works will take place across five estates, examining the causes of structural damp and providing insulation solutions and energy advice.
Energy advisors have begun carrying out surveys across the five estates; St Marys, Summit and Parkside along with the regeneration estates of Woodberry Down and Colville. Residents will be consulted and properties individually assessed to investigate concerns and the causes of damp.
There are several factors which can result in the onset of damp and mould. As well as condensation, moisture build up often caused by everyday living, other structural forms of damp such as rising damp and penetrative damp can occur as a result of excess moisture or water leak to the property.
Simple steps to tackle the build-up of condensation and mould include:
- Stopping excess moisture build up in the home: covering boiling pans with a lid and avoiding drying clothes directly on radiators
- Ventilating the home: regularly opening windows a small amount each day and using extractor fans, can help to reduce moisture
- Keeping your home warm: draught proofing can keep your homes warmer, if you don’t have heating in every room, open the doors to these rooms to make the air circulate. When the property is warm, condensation is less likely to form.
Hackney Homes will continue to treat damp and mould issues across all of its properties as they are reported.
All available options for additional funding to assist in supporting the programme is being explored and it is anticipated that works will commence in January 2016.
We recognise that damp and mould is an important issue affecting some residents. We are committed to ensuring all residents have homes that are warm and safe; and we are rightly investing more in tackling cold homes and the structural causes of damp over the next few years. We are also providing information on how to tackle mould and would encourage residents with damp concerns to contact the repairs contact centre for advice.
If you are experiencing leaking pipes, penetrative or rising damp, call the repairs contact centre on: 020 8356 3691.
More information on tackling damp and mould can be found at www.hackneyhomes.org.uk/damp-mould