How can you control condensation in your home?

Many people love being at home in winter because means its time for all things festive and potentially a white Christmas. But cold weather may also mean condensation for homes that aren’t properly ventilated.

What causes condensation?

When warm, vapour-laden air meets cold surfaces, including widows, mirrors and walls, you have a problem. This air cools down and the surface does not have the ability to retain moisture therefore resulting in droplets of water, leaving surfaces damp and wet.

How do you identify you have a condensation problem?

Identifying the problem is not always initially obvious as on certain surfaces the condensing water is absorbed. If you notice your property has any water droplets forming on cold surfaces, damp wallpaper or the formation of black mould, you have a condensation issue.

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Black mould caused by condensation

How do you fix it?

The letslivehere maintenance team looks after properties all over Newcastle and have complied the best tips any student, professional or landlord can do to control the most common cause of dampness:

  1. When doing your washing try hang it outside whenever possible. We know it’s highly unlikely in the North East at winter time so hanging them in the bathroom with the door closed with the fan on, or in a spare bedroom with the window open. Only use the clothing dryer if the vent pipe runs outside, unless it is the self-condensing type.
  2. Make it a priority to get the property properly ventilated. To rid the property of moisture you should have some form of ventilation, such as air vents which should never be covered up.
  3. The kitchen and bathroom create a lot of vapour-laden air, so try to keep these areas contained when using them. The air will not then linger into colder rooms which will then cause condensation to form. If the kitchen or bathroom is not fitted with an extractor fan, ensure there is a window to get rid of the steam.
  4. Keep your property warm and the air ‘dry’ with background heating, especially with bedrooms in flats or bungalows. Even when you aren’t home putting the heating on low for a couple hours in the morning and evening to prevent condensation forming.
  5. Lacked of ventilation in bedroom wardrobes and kitchen cupboards are a breeding ground for mould. Make sure these spaces are not overfilled and allows air to circulate freely inside. For the same reason, make sure that any furniture is at least a cm away from the walls so that air can circulate around the property.

 

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