Some condensation in any home is normal and unavoidable, especially in kitchens and bathrooms. We also often see an increase in condensation when the cold, wet weather hits. If left untreated, however, condensation can lead to mould growth and cause damage to our homes and belongings.
Condensation and damp - what's the difference?
Condensation is caused by warm, moist air coming into contact with cold surfaces, such as windows and walls. Penetrating damp, which is much less common, is caused by moisture entering the home from an external source, such as leaking plumbing or moisture from the ground.
If you are concerned your property is experiencing damp, please get in touch and let us know. This will enable us to investigate the cause of the problem and get it resolved for you as quickly as possible.
While damp is an issue that requires further investigation, there are some ways we can all reduce the impact of condensation in our homes:
- Reducing moisture:
Condensation is caused when warm damp air meets cold surfaces. Cutting down
moisture levels in our homes can reduce this. When cooking, keep lids on saucepans where possible and close kitchen doors to stop steam from escaping. When taking a bath or a shower, keep the bathroom door closed and wipe down wet surfaces after use. Opening windows and using extractor fans, if you have them, can also help damp air escape.
- Drying laundry:
During the winter, we may be more likely to dry wet clothes inside and on radiators.
Unfortunately, this can put moisture back into the air. If possible, hang washing outside to dry. If this is not possible, keeping a window open will help moisture escape.
- Air circulation:
A lack of ventilation can cause dampness and a musty smell in our homes. We can help air to circulate by keeping furniture away from walls, not blocking radiators or overfilling wardrobes and cupboards. Opening the windows for ten minutes each morning is also great to let in some fresh air. While it may be chilly, the fresh air will take less energy to heat up than the damp air in our homes.
We understand that keeping the heating on is not always possible, especially with the
current cost of energy. However, maintaining a low temperature of at least 15°c can
help reduce condensation in our homes.
For more information on tackling condensation, check out our handy leaflet below.