Damp and Condensation
Controlling condensation is important to prevent mould from developing. Condensation is caused by moisture in the air. It is not usually caused by a building fault.
Why have I got condensation in my home?
It is quite usual for there to be a problem with condensation in well-insulated homes as there is no way for moisture or condensation to escape. Problems can be exacerbated by factors such as:
- Drying clothing in the property.
- Not heating the property sufficiently.
- Insufficient ventilation
How can I reduce condensation?
You can reduce condensation by following these tips:
- Keep your home well ventilated. Open one or two small windows slightly for 30 minutes each day. Leave trickle vents open, even in the winter when your heating is on.
- Keep your home well heated. Heating your home efficiently helps reduce condensation and could save money on your heating bills. It’s important to keep your home above 18°C (63°F). Use room thermostats and radiator controls to maintain an even temperature in your home. Heat rooms at a low temperature, even if they are unused.
- Reduce moisture in your home. Wipe excess condensation off windows and surfaces with a towel each morning. Dry washing outdoors on a line, cover pans when cooking and do not leave kettles boiling. Use extractor fans when cooking or bathing.
What if I already have mould?
Mould, although unpleasant, can be treated very easily. You should remove mould as soon as it appears to prevent it from spreading.
To kill and remove mould:
- Wipe down walls and window frames with a fungicidal wash, available from most supermarkets and hardware stores.
- Do not use a vacuum cleaner or brush to remove mould as this can release spores, which may make the problem worse.
- Use fungicidal resistant paint and wallpaper paste for any redecoration after treatment
What if it isn’t condensation?
Condensation isn’t the only cause of damp, it can also come from:
- Leaking pipes and waste overflows
- Rain seeping through the roof where tiles or slates are missing
- Overflow from blocked gutters penetrating around window frames or leaking through cracked pipes
- Rising damp due to a defective damp-course or because there is no damp-course
If you suspect one of these issues please report this via our repairs service.
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