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Preventing damp in your home

Condensation is perhaps the most common form of damp that can appear in your home, left untreated it can cause a number of problems.

Condensation can cause structural damage to your home which can cause wallpaper to peel away, damp patches to appear on walls and a build up of moisture, which can lead to streaming windows. Condensation can also lead to mould growth, which can be harmful and lead to serious health issues and breathing difficulties, which is why it’s important to reduce humidity levels in your home.

Condensation often appears due to a lack of adequate ventilation, causing humidity levels to rise. As we spend more time indoors making our properties more energy efficient, the build up of moisture and humidity levels increase.

In fact, four people living in a three bedroom property would create 112 pints of moisture a week from just breathing, cooking, showering and boiling the kettle. Here are six simple measures you can take to try and prevent condensation:

  1. When cooking food, boiling the kettle or taking a shower, ensure that your kitchen or bathroom door is kept closed to prevent the moisture in the air spreading into colder rooms, which will cause condensation to form if it touches a cold surface.
  2. When taking a shower or bath, ensure that you turn on your extractor fan to remove the steam and moisture that is created when running warm water in a cold environment. This will help to reduce the amount of condensation that appears on your bathroom windows and walls.
  3. If you don’t have an extractor fan in your bathroom or kitchen, then make sure that you wipe down any cold surfaces after cooking or taking a shower to remove any moisture that may have settled on the surface.
  4. Do not overfill your wardrobes or kitchen cupboards. A lack of ventilation and air moisture trapped in warm overfilled cupboards can become a breeding ground for mould as the air is not able to circulate freely inside. If you notice a musty smell, or have damp feeling clothes, this could be a sign that your cupboard is overfilled.
  5. Where possible, try to dry your clothes outdoors to prevent excess moisture from building up in your property. If you’re unable to dry your clothes outdoors, try to keep them in a bathroom with the door closed and windows open until your clothes are fully dry.
  6. If you have a washing machines or tumble dryer in your property, ensure that it is vented correctly. From just one load of washing, two litres of water is emitted into the air.
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Communications Intern at Together Housing

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