Monday, May 7, 2012

Clean Air

Last week, I made a rather disturbing discovery in my wardrobe. Dreaded mould. On my (faux) leather jacket no less. It would appear that a particularly wet Summer and a small, quite poorly ventilated terrace is not the best combination. And my jacket happened to be the first victim. Days later I read an article on the front page of our local newspaper, warning of the damaging effects that dampness is taking on homes in Sydney, following the big wet. One lady managed to extract eight litres of water from her apartment, in one night. That same day I went out and purchased a dehumidifier. Reading the facts about the impact of mould on the respiratory system and even being the cause of depression, was enough ammunition for me. 

Thankfully, the twelve litre tank did not fill to the brim, with excess moisture from our house. But it did fill almost half of it. Which is kinda scary when I think about it. I realise it's impossible to rid the house of mould permanently using a dehumidifier, though it is refreshing to know we are living and breathing in clean air now. And two cheeky monkey's were most impressed with the packaging... seeing as it fit both of them inside just nicely. Hours of fun in that big cardboard box. 






14 comments:

  1. wowsers that is a lot of water! Our last house attracted a lots of damp, but made sure with the new one there was lots of ventilation...that musty smell, uuhh remember it well! Cute shots.x

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  2. On no J, your jacket!!!
    Half full is a lot of water, sounds like a good purchase, bet it fitted nicely in the new car too!
    Boxes provide hours of entertainment in our house too.

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  3. Cardboard boxes are fantastic aren't they? your boys have gorgeous smiles!

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  4. Oh Jules, what Sydney memories you bring back for me! After living in dry Hobart, we were completely unprepared for it. We soon spent a fortune at the drycleaner and I lost my black leather jacket to it. Damp Rid became our best friend. Now that is something I never have to buy anymore! J x

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  5. So everyone got a little win out of your purchase!
    Mould does scare me, though.
    xxx

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  6. I lost my lovely winter brown boots the same way!

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  8. Oh dear! I am off to check my wardrobe now too! Boxes are a favourite toy at our house! xx

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  9. This fellow has been my new best friend this last 10 days too! I truly cannot get over just how much water I am emptying out of it every couple of hours! I knew the house was damp but oh my goodness!! As you say, health is really an issue with 2 boys now with asthma. Just not looking forward to the electricity bill now...!
    Sandra x

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  10. Oh look at those boys making the best of the box!! I only suffered a tiny bit of mould in Darwin, thank goodness, we're pretty dry here in Canberra, but it's such a great idea, love Posie

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  11. OH & my parents home in Sydney, which is currently locked up as they are seeing out their later years in the countryside, there is mould on the bannisters & everything smells like must, oh no, like an old people's home, shudder. Love Posie

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  12. Boy do I know that feeling! Honkers is ALL about humidity. From May to November we either have to have the air con going or dehumidifiers on. Otherwise our sheets are wet when we go to bed at night. Gross, I know. Kinda satisfying when the tank is full though, no? xx

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  13. Oh I hear you Julie! We love our dehumidifier! It is scary how much water it can get out of the air, day after day. It was such a shock, moving from Melbourne to Hong Kong. Loving the box photos, so much fun!

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  14. Oh snap! I read the same article (i know i don't live over your side of town but did happen to pick up that newspaper when i was visiting my sister) and bought a dehumidifier on the weekend...can't stand the mould - it's raised its ugly head on our wardrobes too...ugh!! Good luck with yours. And your gorgeous 2 look like such cute little monkey's in the box. Bless. : )

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