Keep your home free from condensation and mould

Condensation can build up in your home, particularly in winter, but it can easily be prevented and the mould it causes effectively removed.

What is condensation?

Condensation is caused when water vapour, which is always in the air, comes into contact with a cold surface like windows, tiles or outside walls. This contacts turns the water vapour into little drops of water, known as condensation. If condensation occurs and its not removed, these droplets of water can cause dampness and black mould growth in your home. It tends to occur in corners, on outside walls, or behind cupboards; particularly in rooms you don't often use. 

How is moisture produced?

Normal household activities (even breathing) produce moisture, which is held in the air. You won't be able to see it, but it can lead to condensation if you don't do anything.

Tips and Tricks

We've put together a handy guide for you to use to prevent condensation and mould in your home. You can download it and keep it to hand for reference. Below are some helpful tips for avoiding condensation in the first place and what to do if you already have it.

Cover pans on the cooker, don't leave kettles boiling and remember to open kitchen windows or use extractor fans whilst cooking.

Dry washing outside or in a close bathroom with a window open. Do not dry clothes on radiators.

Put the outlet pipe of tumble dryers through the outside wall, not the window. If buying one, a condenser type is best for keeping moisture levels down.

Let warm air circulate by pulling furniture away from walls and radiators. Don't cover radiators with curtains as the air goes to the windows and not into your room.

Open windows on a regular basis to air your home. Double-glazed windows can be locked in a slightly open position that keeps it secure but still allows air to flow.

Open bathroom windows or use an extractor fan when you take a shower or bath. Make sure you close the door to stop moisture escaping into other rooms.

Check your wardrobes and cupboards aren't overcrowded and that air bricks, ventilators and chimneys aren't blocked. Good air circulation is key.

Ensure all windows vents are kept open if you have them.