With the colder months drawing in- many tenants are reporting condensation. Condensation is caused when cold air hits a warmer surface and will not usually caused damage if treated properly.
Condensation is the easiest damp problem to fix. It can often be solved cheaply and quickly, without the need for professional help. If you’ve got condensation in your home, you’ll need to work through the following steps:
Better ventilation helps reduce condensation problems. This can be as simple as remembering to open windows when you’re at home or, if you have windows that lock partly open, leaving them like this more often. For a more permanent solution, ventilation options include: Building air bricks (made with small holes) into outside walls or installing air vents (consult your letting agent or Landlord for more information).
Your bathrooms and kitchen are responsible for most of the moisture in your home. If you don’t have extractor fans in these rooms, you should consider installing them to reduce your condensation issue. They will significantly reduce the amount of moisture in your home. If extractor fans aren’t cutting it, the next thing to consider is a dehumidifier, which will draw moisture out of the air. These can be particularly useful if you often dry clothes inside the house – another common source of excess humidity. There are different types and brands available, so read up on how to buy the best dehumidifier to find one that does the job. For more serious condensation problems, there are bigger systems available that claim to improve ventilation. We’ve heard from lots of tenants who have successfully tackled condensation themselves by ventilating. One said: ‘I open windows for better ventilation and use a dehumidifier to reduce water content in the air. I also use the lids on my saucepans when I cook and I never hang my damp washing on the radiators’.
*Consider your heating and insulation
Sudden rises and drops in air temperature can exacerbate a condensation problem, as water evaporates and condenses each time your central heating switches on and off. You may find that having your heating on a constant low heat is better for damp (and for your air temperature) than having it frequently swing between hot and cold.
*Clear the condensation
In the short term, make sure you regularly clear your windows of condensation so it doesn’t cause damage or develop into mould. You can do this easily with a towel, tissues, or for windows that open, a squeegee. Alternatively, there are some window vacuum cleaners on sale that claim to help you remove condensation from your windows quickly and easily. When you can, always try to limit the amount of condensation produced in your home. Try to dry clothes outside rather than on radiators on sunny days and, if you don’t have an extractor fan, open windows when cooking, washing up or showering.
Feel free to contact us should you require any further information.