If you are constantly wiping condensation off your windows then you may want to think about installing whole house ventilation as a permanent solution. Whole house ventilation can be easily installed within hours and will eradicate condensation and mould problems.
If you are looking for a short-term fix rather than a permanent solution then follow these simple steps to reduce the condensation levels in your property.
Tip 1: Drying clothes outside
When possible try and dry clothes outside. This will prevent excess moisture from entering the property. This can be difficult in the UK especially in the winter months. Therefore, dry the clothes in the bathroom and keep the door closed until they are completely dry.
Tip 2: Bathroom Extraction Fan
Make sure you have a good extraction fan installed in the bathroom. A bathroom extraction fan according to building regulation should extract at 15 litres of air per second. You can do a simple test by placing a birthday card against the fan when switched on. The fan should have enough power to hold the card there without you holding it. All new properties will have an extraction fan fitted as standard. If you live in a rented property it is the responsibility of the landlord to install a good high-performance extraction fan. It is standard building regulation!!! If you have no extraction fan installed, wipe down surfaces after showering. This will help reduce the amount of condensation build up. If you are confused about which extraction fan to install then request a call back and talk to our team
Tip 3: Kitchen Extraction Fan
When cooking, always turn on the kitchen extraction fan. Again, it is building regulation that a fan should be installed in a domestic kitchen. If you do not have a kitchen extraction fan then make sure you cover all lids on pans when cooking. Also switch on the extractor hood if you have one. Remember to leave all extraction fans on for at least 15 minutes after you have finished cooking to clear all excess moisture. request a call back and talk to our team
Tip 4: Wipe Down Surfaces
Wipe down any cold wet surfaces. This excess moisture will eventually turn into black mould. Black mould is a health problem. If your property is suffering from black mould then you made need to introduce mechanical ventilation. If you are in a rented property it is the responsibility of the landlord to eradicate mould problems.
Tip 5: Make Sure Furniture Is Away From The Walls
Make sure furniture is at least 5cm away from the walls. This will allow air to circulate around the property. Try and place wardrobes and beds against internal walls. Internal walls are generally warmer.
Tip 6: Good Insulation
Loft insulation, cavity wall insulation, and double glazing will all help keep the property warm.
Tip 7: Washing machines & Tumble Dryers
Make sure both your washing machine and tumble dryer is vented correctly.
Tip 8: Keep Doors Closed – Kitchen & Bathroom
When taking a shower or bath, or preparing food make sure the internal doors are closed to stop excess moisture traveling through your home. Keep the exterior windows open so excess moisture can escape outdoors. If the warm moisture travels to colder rooms this will cause condensation.
Tip 9: Keep Internal Living rooms and Bedroom Doors Open
Unlike tip 8. Try and keep bedroom doors open when sleeping. Breathing creates moisture. Keep as much ventilation moving as possible.
Tip 10: Open Windows
Open windows whenever possible. Fresh air and ventilation is the only way to reduce condensation problems. Open both the front and rear of the property to create air flow throughout the property.
Tip 11: Heating
Make sure you have adequate heating in your property. Heating will improve the warmth of all internal surfaces therefore reducing the likelihood of condensation.
Tip 12: Heaters
Avoid portable gas bottles and paraffin heaters. These types of heaters produce a lot of moisture causing excess moisture in your property.
Tip 13: Pets and Plants
Pets and plants especially aquatics can produce a lot of moisture. Make sure you cover up your aquarium or fish tanks to prevent excess moisture. If you notice damp patches near the fish tank then move to another location.
Tip 14: Don’t Overfill Cupboards & Wardrobes
The air needs to circulate in cupboards and wardrobes. If not, this can keep trapped moisture and this is a perfect breeding ground for mould and dust mites. This is a sign that your cupboards and wardrobes are over filled. The air need to circulate freely inside. If you notice a damp musty smell then you may need to also open the doors to ventilate.
Tip 15: adequate Ventilation
It is essential your home has the correct ventilation to allow moisture to escape from the property before it turns into condensation and mould.
If you have tried the above tips and your home is still suffering from condensation then we may be able to help you. We have years of experience in dealing with condensation and mould problems.
If you are not sure if the problem is rising damp, penetrating damp or condensation then contact our team and request a FREE home survey. A local expert will visit the property at a time that is best for you. They will check the problem. A survey only takes 20 minutes. A report will be sent to you or your landlord or letting agent within 24 hours. Completely free of charge.