Protect Your Home From Condensation

Condensation affects UK households which are poorly heated in the cold winters. Tiny drops of water appear at the metal window frames or are soaked into the walls. They make your window frames rot and encourage the growth of mould. Mould increases your risk of asthma, allergies and respiratory diseases. It’s time to protect your home from condensation.

What causes condensation?

Condensation in buildings can also lead to mould growth in your flat. There is invisible moisture in the air. Condensation occurs when the air cannot hold the moisture any more and tiny drops of water appear on cooler surfaces. You notice the condition when you see your breath in cold weather or you blow air on a mirror.

Where does it happen mostly?

This condition affects more in bathrooms and kitchens, where moisture is produced easily by taking showers and cooking. And cooler wall surfaces inside a room are also very vulnerable when moisture is transferred there easily.

You also need to take care of other areas in your flat apart from the bathroom and the kitchen. Unheated or underheated rooms and areas behind furniture, such as cupboards and closets against cooler outside walls are totally vulnerable. Do check for mould growth often and treat them properly.

How to avoid condensation?

Unlike the dampness of your building caused by weather or pipes, you can reduce the bad effects from condensation by changing your habits in your surroundings.

You cannot totally avoid moisture when taking showers in the bathroom or cooking in the kitchen. But you can reduce condensation by not producing more moisture. Try to dry your clothes outside the flat. You should open the windows and close the door after showering, in order to let moisture leave the bathroom. But it may be hard to leave windows open all the time in winter, so a good ventilator for bathrooms will be a good option.

Close saucepans and close the kitchen door during cooking and steaming. Remove and kill black mould patches using fungicidal wash. Paint the areas with anti-fungi paint to prevent further growth. Don’t just brush or air vacuum the mould away. It will increase your risk of respiratory allergies. Leave spaces between the walls and furniture in order to let air circulate.

Condensation condition occurs seriously when the room is under-heated and poorly insulated. Try to insulate the rooms better and avoid cool external wall surfaces by using effective insulated windows and keep the room temperature not lower than 15 degrees at all times.

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