I have been reading the various posts about damp in cold spots and inside wardrobes and would appreciate further advice on how to fix our problem. Basically, we sleep in a large bedroom (7m x 4m) in a semi-detached house with 3 external walls. Lately, there has been increasing smell of dampness in the room and the wardrobes in the corner of the room always seemed to feel cold when opening it, so started removing clothes from the wardrobes to discover all the wifeâ€™s shoe boxes were damp and the shoes were covered in mould and mould was on the back of the wardrobes on the hardboard back. After removing the wardrobes we discovered black mould on the two walls. One wall has only paint on it which when removed the bare plaster is dry and without mould, the other wall with wallpaper is covered in mould, but the plaster does have a little but more importantly is wet. We have a air vent /grill immediately above the wardrobe height which I covered with cardboard the last few months believing the cold air was coming from there, which caused light mould in wardrobes previously. There is no mould above the wardrobe height to the ceiling and we have had new double glazing put in with open trickle vents and have an additional air vent on the other side of the room kept open.
There is skirting board on the walls so there is a gap between the wardrobes and walls but bendy walls does mean parts touch.
Now, with a baby we are concerned about her health and would appreciate some practical steps we can make to solve the problem more permanently. We are thinking of covering the two solid walls with thermal boards and plastering over it to remove the coldness from the walls? any other ways to deal with the cold corner so that it can cope with the condensation, central heating behind the wardrobes wouldn't be practical?
I will try to post links to some pics to illustrate the situation.
Thx in advance