How to avoid damp and condensation problems this winter
Did you know?
The average household puts 18 litres of water into the air each day:
Breathing 8.5 litres
Drying clothes5.5 litres
Bathing / Showering 1.5 litres
No one wants to live in a damp house. However, in order to avoid it, you need to understand what causes it.
Condensation occurs when moist air comes into contact with a colder surface like a wall, window, mirror etc. The air can't hold the moisture and tiny drops of water appear. It also occurs in places the air is still, like the corners of rooms or behind wardrobes.
Mould is actually a fungus which grows where there is constant moisture and hence on surfaces where condensation occurs regularly.
To help ensure that your possessions remain condensation and mould-free, we have compiled the below hints and tips:
Produce less moisture
* Try not to breathe - just joking!
* When drying clothes indoors, don't put them on top of radiators
* Vent your tumble dryer to the outside
* When cooking, keep the lids on pots and pans
Increase Air Flow
* Make sure all the window vents (usually at the top of a window) are open all of the time
* After a bath or shower, open the window and keep the door closed to the rest of the house
* Open windows whenever possible
* Avoid putting too many things in cupboard
* Leave space between furniture and walls to allow air to circulate
* Consider using a dehumidifier - they can be really effective but aren't cheap (approx. £100) and cost about the same as a fridge to run. Cheaper alternatives include Condensation traps which you can get from the likes of Wilkinsons
Treat Problem Areas
* Wipe down windows and window sills
* Kill and remove the mould with a fungicidal spray (Dettol anti-mould)
* Don't brush or vacuum the mould as this can increase the amount of mould spores in the air
Essentially, avoiding mould and condensation is largely down to minimising of the amount of moisture you produce and ensuring that it can escape quickly before it starts steaming up the property. The little things you do will make a big difference in avoiding the frustration of constantly mopping up dripping windows or having to deal with mould on your precious belongings.