Condensation is water which collects as droplets on a surface from moisture or humidity.
Condensation is common in most homes, be it rented or the property you own, so our tips will help you in any property you live in.
It is most noticeable on bath/shower seals, window seals, behind furniture, cold walls, overcrowded corners/cupboard/wardrobes, or areas of the room that don’t get much ventilation or a chance to dry out.
It is your responsibility to ensure your property is ventilated and that you heat the property so that damp doesn’t build up. Here’s a list of what you need to do to avoid condensation forming and how to treat any condensation that has turned into mould;
- Treat any mould with a mould solution. There are a huge variety of sprays available to use, they can be purchased from the supermarket or online. The sprays are intended to be used regularly hence why there are 100’s of applications available in each bottle. Here’s a couple of products we recommend, however you should use whatever you're happy with and always read the instructions. You may find that in the first instance you need to apply as recommended a few times. Once you’ve got the item back to how it was, you should use the product once a week to keep any regrowth at bay. (Remember if the product contains bleach to avoid contact with the carpet or your clothes)
- Maintain a steady level of background heating throughout the day and night to avoid the house going from very hot to very cold. You should do this whilst considering how to use the heating efficiently as to not waste gas or electric, using the thermostat and setting timers.
- Open blinds and curtains in the day and open the windows in the property for 5-10 minutes when you get up.
- Leave any window trickle vents open
- Use extractor fans in the property (cooker, bathroom)
- Do not block airbricks or vents
- Close internal doors when you cook or shower
- Leave a gap between furniture and external walls
- Dry clothes on clothes airers in well ventilated rooms. Do not hang clothes on the radiators.
- Wipe down surfaces where moisture may settle on every use, such as shower and bath seals/tiles
- Try your best not to overfill wardrobes or cupboards or the space around them. Air needs to circulate freely. If you overfill them the moisture becomes trapped, and you may notice a musty smell or damp feeling.
There may be works required to aid you in heating and ventilating the property, such as trickle vents, airbricks or help setting your thermostat. If works are required to be undertaken your Landlord is responsible for resolving these for you in a reasonable time scale.
Damp as a result of condensation is different to rising or penetrating damp. If you can see visible water marks, please let us know so we can investigate the course of action required.
If you feel you are unable to manage the condensation in your home, we can arrange to meet you at the property to discuss any concerns you may have regarding damp or mould.
If you have any questions at all or need further guidance please feel free to contact our office and we will do everything you can to help you.