What is condensation?
Condensation usually occurs from October through to April, depending on weather conditions, and it can lead, in some instances to damp and mould growth, but not always. Condensation occurs when water vapour (airborne moisture) hits a cold surface; water vapour is naturally created all day and night from the general activities of those who live in the home, it is a natural process through our everyday activities.
Condensation in homes
A kitchen or bathroom where more water vapour is produced (from cooking, the shower, bath etc), may be warm enough to remain free from the effects of condensation, except perhaps on cold windows and other cold surfaces such as tiles. If this water vapour moves throughout the home into the colder, less heated spaces, condensation will occur in these areas. We usually see condensation on windows in the mornings.
How do I control condensation in my home?
Try to make sure you have adequate heating on in your home (low level heating will assist in keeping wall temperatures warmer). Ventilate – try to open some windows, even a small gap will make sure you have ‘air changes’ in your home (air changes will keep the water vapour lower, reducing the likelihood of condensation happening). If you get condensation, manage it by wiping it dry every morning, so your windows are dry. This will reduce the likelihood of mould appearing.
Which areas should I keep an eye on in my home?
Corners of rooms, especially behind items of furniture placed against external facing walls (air movement is reduced here so mould growth could potentially grow here before anywhere else). Around window frames (make sure you wipe any condensation as soon as it appears).
Tips to reduce water vapour in your home
It can be difficult to dry washing during the winter months. If washing is dried indoors, try using the bathroom with either the extractor fan on or the window slightly open if no fan is installed; the door should be closed. This will help to keep the water vapour levels down in the rest of your home, reducing heat loss. If trickle vents are installed in the windows of your home; these should be kept in the open position to encourage air changes, helping to reduce internal water vapour levels. They can be found at the top of windows, just click them open.
Otherwise please try to open your windows slightly. When cooking on the hob, always use lids on any pans; this will not only help in reducing water vapour levels but could reduce your energy use.
What if I find mould or damp in my home?
If you find mould or damp in your home, contact us immediately.
How to contact us
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Call us on 0300 303 9848, option 2. Monday to Friday
Please include your full contact details and pictures of any mould or damp you have, including which room it is in.