With all the cold weather we’ve been having, it is important that we are all vigilant for signs of condensation in our homes. Failure to identify and remedy the excess moisture created by condensation can lead to, not only the growth of black mould, but also the damage of your clothes and personal property. Never fear, however, as with a few simple steps, condensation can be very easy to prevent.
Firstly, it helps to understand the causes of condensation in the home. Moisture in the air will condensate and appear as droplets of water on cold surfaces, therefore, rooms that are too cold will be the most likely to suffer. There are several ways in which moisture can arise within your property, including; cooking, showering, drying clothes and boiling kettles. All of which are everyday tasks that, without the proper preventative measures being taken, can lead to serious damage in the colder rooms of your property.
Keep calm and stay warm
Condensation only occurs on cold surfaces, therefore keeping your flat warm is an effective deterrent, particularly in rooms that are more susceptible to moisture such as bedrooms and bathrooms. If you spend a lot of time away from your property, be sure to have your heating set on a timer so that it stays warm. In the fight against condensation, it is recommended that temperatures never fall below 18°c.
Let the room breath
When engaging in moisture-inducing tasks, such as showering, washing dishes or boiling the kettle, be sure to open a window as this will minimize the risk of condensation immediately. By opening a window or using an extractor fan, the moisture is removed from the building before posing a threat to your furnishings. Opening your bedroom window, even just slightly, can also be very effective when going to sleep at night as people also produce moisture themselves. Failing this, be sure to open it for a couple of hours when you wake up as this can also help to remove the overnight buildup of moisture.
Another useful tip in preventing condensation, is ensuring that all of your doors are closed. This prevents any excess moisture generated from everyday activities travelling into other rooms. In other words, always close the door when showering, cooking and even sleeping. Keeping your doors closed is always good practice as it helps to keep your flat warm by reducing the loss of heat in each room.
While not within your control, this time of year can also lead to issues in which damp can appear. Damp, which is different from condensation, occurs when water from outside damages the internal structure of the property. While there is little you can do personally to prevent this from happening, it is important that you are vigilant for signs of damp in your flat and report them to us immediately. Indicators that you may have damp include; dark or discoloured patches on walls, walls that feel cold or damp and have a musty smell.
If you have any concerns or questions regarding condensation or damp in your property, do not hesitate to get in touch with us by either calling us on 0131 221 1818 or sending us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.