Thursday, 23 February 2012

Keep Your Home FREE From Damp and Mould

Is your home Damp? Damp can create mould on walls and furniture. Damp can be caused by condensation. Please read below which will explain how condensation forms and how you can prevent it happening in your home.

First Steps against Condensation:

You (tenants) can help prevent condensation in your home by wiping down all windows and window sills every morning (or when moisture is present) rinsing out the cloth rather than drying it on radiators.

You can purchase condensation channels and sponge strips which can be bought from B & Q etc. These are fitted to windows to collect the condensation and moisture around the windows, which will help prevent the windows frames from rotting and preventing damp.

First Steps against Mould:

If you deal with mould at the first point of noticing it, it should not re-appear. To kill and remove mould wipe down walls, window frames, furniture etc with bleach. Do not dilute the bleach and wear marrigolds at all times to protect your skin. Brushing down the mould or vaccuming can increase the risk of respiratory problems.

Is it Condensation?

Condensation is not the only cause of damp, it can also be formed from the following:
  • Leaking pipes
  • Rain seeping through roof tiles, is a tile or slate is missing.
  • Blocked gutters
If your home is damp you will need to heat and ventilate the property to be able to dry out. Using a dehumidifier will help.

What is Condensation?

There is always moisture in the air. If the air does get colder and it can not hold all the moisture tiny drops of water will appear which is knowen as condensation.

Condensation occurs mainly during cold weather, even if its not raining. Can be seen in the corners  on or near windows, in or behind wardrobes and cupboards.

How to avoid Condensation?

  1. Produce less moisture.
    1. Cooking: Cover pots and pans to reduce moisture
    2. Washing Clothes: Put all washing outdoors to dry or put it in the bathromo with the door closed and windows open or turn the extractor fan on.
  2. Ventilate to remove moisture
    1. Keep a small window on a trickle ventilator open at all times and especially when you are in.
    2. When in the kitchen and bathroom making sure the windows are open wider, or alternatively turn the fan on (if have one). Close the kitchen and bathroom doors when you are using the rooms even if you have an extractor fan on, this will help not let moisture into other rooms.
    3. Allow space for the air to circulate. Open doors to ventilate all cupboards and wardrobes. Always leave space between the backs of furniture and internal walls and external walls.
  3. Insulate
    1. Ensure the landlord has provided insulation in the loft.
  4. Heat your home a little more
    1. When the weather is cold the best way to keep the room warm enough and to avoid condensation is keep low background heating on all day, even when you are not in. This is very important in flats where the bedrooms are not above a warm living room. Turn your Central heating on to provide background warmth in all rooms including the rooms you do not use.
Points to Remember:

  • Produce less moisture
    • Cover all pots and pans
    • Dry clothes outside
  • Ventilate to remove all moisture
    • Ventilate at all times, especially when you are in
    • Increase ventilation in the kitchen and bathroom when in use and shut the doors
    • Ventilate cupboards and wardrobes by opening wardrobes and cupboard doors
  • Insulate
    • Ensure insulation in the roof
  • Heat your home
    • Have low background heat on all day, with windows open on trickle to provide ventilation

I hope this information helps anyone who is struggling with damp/condensation in the household. Follow the tips above.

Friday, 17 February 2012

How to start looking for Student Accommodation with Student Haven?

Where would you like to live? Get your group together and discuss areas of where you would like to live in Huddersfield and what you exactly want. You should never just look at one, broaden your horizons. There are soooooooo many different types of Student Acoommodation to choose from, from houses to apartments, it can be so confusing and stressful, unless of course you make the list and decide from the beginning EXACTLY what you want.

Let’s not settle for second best, it is important to find good quality student accommodation. Student Haven can make your accommodation a smooth and enjoyable experience, with many photos, videos, viewings, advice etc available at your dispense. Some private landlords do have a wide range of student accommodation, if you like a landlord and wish to stay with them then advise us and we will see what we can do for you.

While you’re in the process of looking for Student Accommodation check out the surrounding areas, local amenities etc, at the end of the day you don’t want to be living in the middle of know where :)

This is probably on most occasions the first step of living by yourself, dealing with bills etc however feel reassured Student Haven are here to guide you along the way providing advice and support. Once you have found your accommodation you’ll feel a huge weight has been lifted off your shoulders. Huddersfield is a friendly town, the nightlife is vibrant and varied, and plenty of transport.

Summarizing, make your list with requirements, see as many properties as you can, ensure the area is right for you and has everything you want i.e. shops etc, and your search for Student Accommodation in Huddersfield will be as exciting and productive as the rest of your University life.

Student Haven are a well established agency who provide plenty of quality student accommodation, from houses to flat shares, apartments and even finding tenants we are always here at the end of the phone to help you. Our new website also provides relevant information to help you not only about the properties, but areas and local businesses. Visit us at for a great, fresh start to your searches for student accommodation. You will not be disappointed.

Happy searching students :)

Thursday, 16 February 2012

Student Haven Upload New Website

That's right guys and girls.... Student Haven have updated and modernised

As only being launched within the past few days there still may be a few teething issues which i can guarantee we are working on to make it easier and better for you!

If you feel that the website is missing something... that eye catcher or your'e thinking.. you know what i could create a better banner then please contact us at we are open to your suggesstions and feeback.

Your help will help us to help you.....