How to stop condensation in 10 steps
September 18, 2014
Find out how to stop condensation in 10 steps that will not cost you a thing. Stopping condensation is important because if it is not treated it can turn into unsightly black mould on your walls, curtains and upholstery.
1) Keep your home well ventilated by opening windows every day. During the window you should make sure that the drip vents are open during the window to allow air to escape. If you have condensation on windows it is likely that it will be elsewhere in your property too.
2) When you are cooking always turn the extractor fans on in the kitchen on a high power to allow them to extract any excess moisture from pots and pans. If possible, open up windows for extra extraction. It is an idea to leave the extractor fan on for longer than you are cooking as there will be excess moisture in the air which you cannot see.
3) After taking a bath or shower there will be excess moisture in the air. To stop condensation forming the windows should be opened and extractor fans turned on. Try to keep the bathroom door shut as much as possible so the moisture doesn’t escape into other parts of your home.
4) When you are drying your clothes if possible you should dry them outside. If you cannot do this then put them in an enclosed room and keep the window open. If you use a tumble dryer to dry your clothes it is extremely important that the ventilation pipe runs outside your property.
5) You should leave a small gap between the outside walls and furniture as this allows the air to move away from the bottom of the walls and circulate around the room. If it is trapped between the furniture and walls it will condense onto walls and could form into black mould.
6) Your property’s airways such as airbricks and chimneys should be clear to allow airflow in and out of your home. Air ventilation is extremely important as you don't want moist air to be trapped in one part of your home as it will condense on your walls.
7) During the Winter and at other cold times throughout the year you should try to maintain a constant temperature in your home. This is because it is cold air that causes the warm air to release moisture. If the air is all the same temperature then this cannot happen.
8) Always keep the lids on pots and pans whilst cooking so that the moisture does not escape from the pans. If the lids are off moisture will be rising from the pans even if you cannot see it. Just as you can only see your breath in the air on a cold day, you can only see the moisture rising from a pan when the temperature is lower.
9) Check your roof to see if there are any problems such as water leaking in.
10) Check the guttering and down pipes, make sure that they are carrying the water away and that there are no damaged/blocked guttering or drainpipes causing the external wall to become soaking wet.
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