Damp patches in a home are not only unsightly and smelly but can also cause health problems. Damp left to turn into mould produces allergens, irritants and sometimes toxic substances, that cause problems when inhaled or touched. Therefore it is essential that dampness is prevented and removed if it does occur. But what exactly is it? Damp is a localized excess of the naturally occurring moisture that is always present in air as water vapour. An excess can occur when there is a sudden increase in the amount of moisture in the room, or may build up slowly over time...

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  Clare Fearon

  damp, house and home, mould, windows

Over the past few months we have experienced some weird weather in the UK, from flash floods and super-strong winds to storms with names, what exactly is going on? And more importantly, when will it end? El Niño You may have heard of El Niño being to blame for our weather, but it isn’t new. The El Niño Southern Oscillation is a periodical change in climate sea surface temperature over the East Pacific Ocean. When the temperature is higher than normal, it is known as El Niño and when the temperature is lower than normal it is El Niña. Each...

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  Clare Fearon

 

This is a hotly debated question, even amongst plumbers and heating engineers. Which is the most efficient way to heat your home, keeping the heating constantly on low or only switching it on when cold? There are pros and cons to both options. No home is 100% insulated; there will always be a small amount of heat leaking out of your home. Keeping your central heating on all the time means there will always be a small amount of energy escaping from your home. This will be felt more in a poorly insulated home, as the boiler will need to...

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  Clare Fearon

 

As winter seems to be sticking round a little while longer this February, make sure you're in the know when it comes to what the weather has in store.    February 1st - 12th As we welcome February we're set to see experience more wicked winter weather, with the first few days of the month remaining cold. Temperatures will be on the chilly side, with northerly winds brining sleet, snow and hail across the country. Widespread frost and ice will creep in overnight, especially near coastal areas, giving us a freezing start to our mornings.  In the latter part of early...

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  Jade Brown

  lifestyle, weather

As we say farewell to 2014 and welcome in the New Year, what should we expect from January when it comes to the weather? (Just a little warning, you're still going to need wrap up warm - we're in for a chilly month!) January 1st - 7th Whilst the most Northern parts of the country will experience snow, the rest of us should manage to escape it. Wet and windy conditions will bombard us in early January and we’ll experience icy mornings, frosty nights and chilly temperatures during the day, up and down the UK. January 8th - 20th Winter is...

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  Jade Brown

  climate, lifestyle, weather