New Forest Villages Housing Association Ltd
New Forest Villages Housing Association Ltd 

Household Hints & Tips

Smoke detectors & Carbon Monoxide Detectors


Test all smoke and carbon monoxide detectors on a regular basis


Preventing Mould


Most homes will experience damp or mould at some point, but this is most likely during the winter months. It usually starts when moisture and steam are produced, for example, when cooking, showering/bathing or when drying clothes. 


Here are a few tips to keep damp and mould at bay;  


  • Use an extractor fan
  • Ensure that you keep trickle vents open throughout your home
  • Don’t dry washing indoors, hang it outside where possible.If you do have to dry it indoors, dry it in the bathroom with the door closed and the room ventilated.
  • Ensure that non condensing tumble driers are vented outdoors
  • Keep your kitchen window open whilst cooking and for 10 minutes afterwards
  • When running a bath, run the hot and cold together as this produces less steam than running the hot on its own (which produces the steam)
  • Keep your bathroom window open for at least 10 minutes after bathing or showering
  • Heat your home.Try to maintain low background temperature
  • Wipe moisture from windows every morning
  • Wash off mould as soon as you spot it to prevent the spread of spores


Sinks Drains and Pipes


  • Do not pour hot fat down the plughole or toilet, instead, leave it to cool and scrape it in to the bin.  Once fat cools, it solidifies in the pipes causing blockages.
  • Do not put baby wipes down the toilet, they do not break down like toilet roll and so snag and cause blockages.
  • Use a plug strainer over the kitchen sink plug hole to prevent large pieces of food entering the pipes.
  • Run hot water through the drain after each use
  • Clean sink drains and plugholes by pouring baking powder down them
  • Protect pipes from frost damage by keeping your home warm and ensuring taps are turned off (to prevent freezing)


Preventing Rats


Rats carry a number of nasty diseases which can be spread to humans.  They also pose a risk to property structure as they enjoy gnawing through wires, pipes, insulation etc.  It is therefore extremely important not to encourage them, or give them reason to want to set up home in or around your home.  Here are some tips;


  • Seal holes and gaps in walls
  • Keep gardens clear and free from rubbish, including keeping shrubs and grass cut back, removing any wood piles/wood debris.All of these are very attractive nesting sites for rats.
  • Ensure full bin bags are kept in a sealed bin when waiting to be collected.Discarded/incorrectly stored refuse bags provide excellent feeding grounds for rats.
  • If you feed birds, do not do this in excess.Any remaining seed or bread is an excellent food source for rats.

Get Involved!

Do you have a background or interest  in housing, construction, finance or similar? Are you interested in joining the Board?


We are interested in hearing from both tenants and members of the public.    


For further information and to find out how you can get involved, please contact us at;


New Forest Villages Housing Association

(Management Services by English Rural HA)


Coniers Way

new Inn LAne





Tel: +44 1425 611855
E-mail: Please  use the email form found on the 'contact page' or by clicking here.  


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