Condensation – the most common cause of damp & mould

mouldCondensation occurs when moisture becomes trapped in your home. Warm air inside our home takes up moisture from activities such as cooking, showering and drying clothes. When that warm air hits a cold surface, it cools below its dew point and excess moisture and condensation appears on your walls and windows. If this is not removed and remains in place this will encourage mould growth. Good housekeeping will help keep condensation under control. The video in this section provides some tips on preventing condensation. 

How much condensation can we produce in a day?

  • 2 pints from a bath or shower.

  • 8 pints - Cooking without lids.

  • 8 pints - running an Unvented Tumble Dryer.

  • 3 pints – from just having 2 people at home for the day.

 

How to Prevent Condensation

How to Prevent Condensation

  • Turn the vent fan on and open a window when showering or bathing.

  • If you’re running a bath, add the cold water first - this will reduce steam by around 90%.

  • Closing the kitchen door and opening a window when cooking.

  • Use saucepan lids when cooking – or even better a slow cooker.

  • Move furniture slightly away from walls, for better air flow.

  • Dry clothes outside if you can, open a window, and shut off the room they are drying in.

  • Open a window for 1/2 hour after cooking, and bathing.

  • If you can, keep the heating on low to prevent mould growing.

Daily Condensation Care

  • Use a wiper blade squeegee to wipe down windows each morning.

  • Mop up any excess condensation from the window surround and sills and wipe down with anti-bacterial spray.

  • Squeegee shower walls, floors and doors after every shower to remove mildew causing moisture. Then, wipe again with a dry towel to get rid of any last bit of water.

 

How to Remove the mould caused by Condensation

How to Remove the mould caused by Condensation

  • Wipe the area with a cloth and hot water first.

  • Then use a mould remover and treatment (use a recognised brand).

  • Do not use washing up liquid as a cleaner.

  • Wash any clothes that have damp on them.

  • Shampoo any carpets that have mould on them.

  • Use an antifungal paint on affected walls.

  • Try keeping non-electrical condensation removers in affected rooms/wardrobes.

  • Removing the mould can take a few attempts with continued use of the guide above. If there is little improvement, then contact us via The Hub 0333 200 7304 for a Damp Assessment.

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What is Damp?

What is Damp?

Damp is caused by water getting into the house from outside, usually from leaks to the plumbing system. It can also be from roof leaks and windows and doors in need of repair.

In rare situations water may get in through walls or maybe rising damp. This sort of damp is easier to deal with as it can be cured by repairing the fault.

Rising damp describes the action of ground moisture moving up a masonry wall. Moisture will rise up the wall and leave a ‘tide mark’ as demonstrated in the image below.

rising damp

For further information

Report Condensation, Damp and Mould

If you are experiencing condensation, damp or mould please report it to us by:

We will be able to advise or arrange for an inspection to be carried out. Upon completion of the inspection, we will be able to advise further or order the necessary works.

Suggestions to keep you warm and reduce your energy costs

Having your boiler serviced regularly will help to keep it running safely. A well-maintained boiler uses energy more efficiently.

Adding extra layers, bedspreads, throws and weighted blankets will keep you warm at night without totting up your energy bills.

Keeping your curtains open during the day. Any sunlight will naturally provide a measure of natural warmth to supplement your heating. On sunny winter days you may be able to turn your thermostat down and reduce your heating costs further.

Curtains and blinds help keep the heat in, close them as soon as it starts to get dark. Using draught excluders at doors keeps the heat in the room.

Where you have thermostatic radiator valves on your radiators, you will be able to control the heat to each room. If you are not using a room turn the valve down to reduce the heat to the room.

You can get in touch…

If you are struggling to pay your bills, our team may be able to help.

You can get in touch by completing our online form here or by calling 0333 200 7304 and asking for our Successful Tenancies Team.