Date: 4 January 2018
Condensation is perhaps the most common form of dampness that can appear in your property and can cause wallpaper to peel, damp patches to appear on walls and a build-up of moisture on your windows.
It occurs when warm moist air meets a cold surface. It is frequently found in bathrooms and kitchens because of the steamy atmosphere and sometimes in cupboards and corners of rooms where ventilation and movement of air are restricted.
So to prevent this happening try and avoid the following:
1. Pushing furniture right up to the walls.
You should always leave a small gap (around 5cm) between the walls and your furniture. This allows air to move away from the bottom of the wall. If air lingers between furniture and walls, it could condense and eventually form black mould.
2. Turning the extractor fan off the minute they have finished cooking or showering.
You should leave the extractor running for around 10-15 minutes after you have finished cooking or showering as there will be extra moisture in the air that you can’t see. If you don’t have an extractor, make sure you open a window.
3. Stuffing cupboards to the brim.
Over-filled cupboards and wardrobes lack ventilation and trap warm air. If air is unable to circulate inside the cupboard it can create mould growth. Also, try to put wardrobes against internal walls in your bedroom, as these will be warmer than external ones.
4. Wiping windows down then drying the cloth on the radiator.
If you use a sponge or a cloth to wipe down windows, then make sure you completely wring it out before leaving it to dry. If you just hang it indoors, all that moisture will evaporate back into your home and create more condensation! Have you considered using disposable towel or investing in a window vacuum?
5. Blasting the heating on a high setting once a day
It’s best to maintain a constant temperature of at least 18c if you can, as it’s when warm air cools that you get condensation. It can also be more cost effective to maintain a reasonable degree of warmth, as getting your home back up to temperature when it’s been left freezing will take a lot of energy.
For more useful tips on “how to stop condensation” watch our online video here.