How To Avoid Condensation and Mould

Condensation occurs when warm moist air reaches a cold surface and deposits some of its water on the surface: the vapour turns into droplets of water ie condensation. Condensation is the biggest cause of dampness in our properties and it accounts for the vast majority of reported problems. Condensation starts as moisture in the air, usually caused by cooking, washing or drying clothes indoors. You can see examples of condensation on misted mirrors after bathing or misted bedroom windows on cold mornings. When the moist air hits cooler surfaces it turns into water, which can sometimes lead to mould. Condensation is most likely in places where there is little movement of air, particularly in corners, on or near windows, and behind wardrobes or cupboards.

What can be done to prevent it?

Some tips to reduce condensation:

  • Wipe down the windows and sills every morning. Wring out the cloth rather than drying it on a radiator
  • Keep rooms on a low heat setting
  • Cover pans when cooking
  • Always vent tumble dryers outside the home. Close the door when having a bath or shower and turn the extractor fan on (if you have one)
  • If you dry clothes indoors, open a window
  • Don’t dry clothes on radiators
  • Leave space between the back of furniture and the wall to allow air to circulate
  • Keep the perma vents in your windows open
  • If mould occurs use an antifungicidial wash and follow the manufacturer’s instructions.

Keeping condensation to a minimum reduces your risk of dampness and mould growth. It is important to understand that we cannot reduce condensation without your help in folIowing our advice. If we find out that the property has been damaged because you have failed to adequately heat or ventilate it, then we may recharge the costs.

We are happy to undertake a visit to help you reduce condensation levels in your home and to provide detailed advice. To arrange a visit please contact Calum Carberry, Maintenance Assistant, at the office Tel:(01786) 446066.