Condensation control

25th November, 2014, by

As the weather takes a turn for the worse, more attention to the general maintenance of a property is needed to ensure that it is well looked after and that you don’t suffer problems such as condensation, mould and damp.

Condensation in your home is caused by warm, vapour-laden air meeting a cold surface such as windows, mirrors, walls and tiling. When the air cools, it cannot retain the moisture and some of it condenses into small droplets of water on these cold surfaces. You can see this happening on bathroom mirrors when you have had a shower for example.

With the relatively high cost of heating, we do not want to keep our windows open when it is cold outside so we need to help minimise the problem as much as possible.

The following steps should be taken in order to minimise condensation:

  1. When cooking, cover pans and avoid leaving kettles on the boil.
  2. When washing clothes, wherever possible, dry the clothes outside or put them in the bathroom with the door closed, extractor fans on and windows open.
  3. It is important to make sure your home is properly ventilated. There will always be some moisture present in the home and you should have some form of ventilation available – air bricks or vents must NEVER be covered by wardrobes or beds for example – if you cannot see a vent in your room, check behind your furniture.
  4. When using the bathroom or kitchen, keep the door closed and windows open wherever possible – this keeps the moisture in one room.
  5. Don’t place furniture directly against a wall – try to keep a small distance to maintain air circulation.
  6. Whilst it is a good idea to try and draught-proof your home, remember not to block airways that are there to aid air circulation.
  7. Try and ensure that your house is warm by using your heating. It is more prudent to spend a bit of money for a warm and healthy house than to save money and allow condensation to set in.
  8. Be aware that if you leave condensation/mould to grow, this will result in plaster contamination. This may be held as your responsibility and your deposit may be affected as a result.
  9. Use de-humidifiers.

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