It can be difficult to strike the right balance between keeping your home warm in winter and preventing mould which can also make you unwell.
One of the main causes of mould is too much moisture in the air which is caused by every day activities including cooking, showering, washing and drying laundry. Most people create at least four pints of moisture every day which causes condensation to form and this is the most common cause of damp inside your home.
How to spot condensation
- Streaming windows and walls
- Damp areas can appear on walls, especially behind furniture and in corners
- Wallpaper can start to peel
- Mould growth, usually black mould, starts to appear on window frames, walls and ceilings
- Soft furnishings and fabrics become prone to mould and mildew
- Constant musty damp smell in the property
How to reduce condensation
- Try to keep the temperature inside your home as constant as possible
- Avoid drying your clothes indoors. As this can be difficult during the colder months, place the clothes rack in a well ventilated room keeping the door shut
- Don’t dry clothes over radiators
- If you have a tumble drier, make sure that it’s properly vented or if it has a condenser, that you empty the water collection tank regularly.
- Keep your furniture away from walls
- Always use extractor fans where available such as in the kitchen and bathroom.
- If you have them, keep any vents on your windows open to allow the air to circulate.
- When cooking, keep internal doors close to avoid moisture spreading to other parts of your home, and cover pots or pats with lids, where possible.
If you can, it’s good to try and ventilate your home regularly – even if you simply open a window for a few minutes daily. Wipe down windows, windowsills and even walls regularly to prevent any build-up of condensation.
If you can already see signs of mould growing, you can remove this with a fungicidal spray cleaner which you’ll find in most supermarkets or DIY shops. These chemicals can be dangerous, so you should always follow the advice on the packaging.
If you suspect that condensation isn’t the cause of the problems in your home, you should let us know by reporting the repair on our online form or calling us on 0800 131 3348 (0300 123 3511from a mobile).