Expert Reveals How to Manage Damp and Mould in Your Hme

Mould is an unwelcome guest in any home, yet millions of people across the country are impacted by it every day. Up to 27% of homes in England suffer from invasive damp and mould, affecting a staggering 6.5 million households. 

With this in mind, the home insurance team at Compare the Market discovered which locations in England are most affected by mould and damp, considering variables including the number of Google searches related to the issue, and the most up-to-date data available on the levels of damp and mould in private and rented homes in England. 

Manchester tops the list as England’s dampest location, with a damp score of 5.6 out of 10 and over 17,000 annual mould and damp queries 

Manchester ranks as the location suffering from damp and mould the most. Residences had a damp score of 4 in 2020, which increased to 5.6 in 2021, the highest figure overall alongside Leeds. People in Manchester are also searching for damp and mould-related queries frequently, with 434 searches per 10,000 people annually. 

Leeds comes in second, also with a high damp score of 5.6. However, the city has fewer annual searches (295 per 10,000 people) for damp-related terms than Manchester, placing it just behind.

Although London has the lowest damp score in the top 10 (4.7), its high annual search volume per 10,000 people (287) places it third overall. In fourth is Liverpool, with a high damp score of 5.6, and Bristol comes in fifth (5.1). 

Rank

City

Population

Avg. annual search volume

Avgerage annual search volume per 10,000 people

Damp score 2021

Average damp score 2020 and 2021

1

Manchester

395,515

17,160

434

5.6

4.8

2

Leeds

455,123

13,440

295

5.6

5.55

3

London

7,556,900

216,600

287

4.7

3.95

4

Liverpool

864,122

15,840

183

5.6

4.8

5

Bristol

617,280

14,160

229

5.1

4.9

6

Sheffield

685,368

9,600

140

5.6

5.55

7

Bradford

299,310

3,360

112

5.6

5.55

8

Swindon

185,609

3,000

162

5.1

4.9

9

Plymouth

260,203

4,200

161

5.1

4.9

10

Preston

313,332

3,240

103

5.6

4.8

Anna McEntee from the home insurance team at Compare the Market comments: “Dealing with mould can be a stressful experience, but it’s important to address it promptly to minimise health risks. Most home insurance policies don’t include damage caused by damp and condensation, so it is unlikely you will be covered for mould-related problems.Therefore, the best way to protect your home is to prevent mould from growing in the first place. Below are some of the ways you can work to prevent and treat mould in your home, however, we recommend also doing your own research to ensure you are taking the right steps for your property and mould situation 

Preventing damp is the first step. Damp and humid environments lead to mould, so one of the ways to prevent damp is to keep your home dry and well ventilated using a dehumidifier or extractor fan.

Generally, one of the ways mould can be treated is with a special antifungal spray that will kill the mould rather than just wipe it away. Once removed, keep the areas dry and clean, and check all areas of your home to spot signs that damp and mould might be returning. 

For serious cases, call a damp surveyor to find the cause of the problem, as it might be an issue within the house itself, like faulty pipes or a damaged roof. For those renting, it’s the landlord’s responsibility to fix a mould or rising damp problem if caused by structural damage under the Housing Health and Safety Rating System.”