Damp Prevention Tips
Dealing with Condensation
Condensation occurs where moisture from the air forms on a cold surface. Condensation is a common problem in UK. It is usually caused by the way we live and how energy efficient our homes are. Some examples are poor heating, lack of ventilation and too much moisture produced in the home. The good news is that we can control most of it.
- Dry washing outside if possible, if not dry in the bathroom, open the window and close the door. Do not dry on radiators as this will only make your boiler work extra hard, cost you more and cause condensation.
- Ventilate rooms to decrease moisture in the air.
- Wipe down windows with a dry cloth if there is condensation present to prevent mould build up.
- Adequate heating will also prevent condensation from forming on surfaces. Paired with good ventilation this is the most effective way to stop condensation and mould growth.
- Always open windows in kitchens and bathrooms after or during use. If you have an extractor fan or cooker hood that will be better as there will be no cold wind. If your extractor fan is faulty contact the Trust.
- When filling your bath, run the cold water first and then add the hot water. This reduces steam by 90%.
- Make sure your home is well insulated for example loft and cavity wall insulation. Contact the Trust to find out what help or advice we can provide.
- Try not to overfill cupboards or wardrobes next to external walls and don’t push furniture right up against the wall.