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Combating Condensation

Combating Condensation

Condensation

During the winter months, we start to feel the cold more and this brings our
attention to the damp and condensation issues that are lurking within our homes.
Condensation is perhaps the most common form of dampness that can appear in
your property and can cause wallpaper to peel, damp patches to appear on walls,
and a build-up of moisture on your windows. Left untreated, condensation can
create mould growth which can be potentially harmful and lead to serious health
issues and breathing difficulties.

One of the main reason condensation occurs is due to a lack of adequate
ventilation. As we spend more time indoors and make our property more energy
efficient and air tight, moisture and humidity levels can increase.

In fact, four people living in a 3 bedroom property would create 112 pints of
moisture a week from just breathing, cooking, showering and boiling the kettle.

In order to help remedy the problem a number of steps can be taken (see
following page). In instances of severe condensation professional advice should
be sought from a surveyor who will inspect the problem and recommend the
appropriate solution.

How to prevent condensation

STEP 1 – PRODUCE LESS MOISTURE

Do
• Cover pans when cooking
• Hang wet washing outside
• Tumble drier – vented outside
• Close bathroom door when washing or bathing
• Close kitchen door when cooking
• Use an extractor fan

STEP 2 – MAKE SURE THE MOIST AIR CAN ESCAPE

Do
• Always keep the trickle vents open on windows
• Use extractor fans
• Open windows

Don’t
• Cover or block vents
• Let steam stay in a room after cooking or washing
• Put furniture right up against an outside wall

STEP 3 – HEAT YOUR HOME

Do
• Ensure that all heaters, radiators and extractor fans are working effectively
• Keep low background heating on all the time in cold weather
Don’t
• Block any heaters or radiators
• Leave any rooms unheated