Dampness and condensation affect millions of households during winters in the UK. It is very common when the room is poorly insulated or heated and so moisture easily gathers on cooler surfaces. Dampness makes window frames rot and causes mould on walls and furniture. It encourages the growth of mould which can increase respiratory problems and allergic diseases in humans.
What is 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?
Condensation occurs in cold weather, no matter if it is dry or raining. It appears in places where there is movement of air, for instance near the windows or behind your cupboard. Kitchens and bathrooms are most vulnerable, as there is much moisture produced during taking showers or cooking. You can see drops of water appearing at window frames, or the moisture is just absorbed into the walls. In this case, you will see the seriousness when black mould patches develop at the walls.
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 is less likely when your rooms are not underheated. You can reach this purpose by insulating your rooms and draughtproofing your windows properly. Please remember not to draughtproof the windows in bathrooms and kitchens, instead, use ventilators or extraction fans. To keep your room always a bit warmer is the best way to avoid condensation. Try to maintain the room temperature always above 15 C, even though there is no one at home.
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