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Condensation Mould - How To Combat It

Wed 01 Nov 2017

 

SOME MIGHT BE CONTRARY TO WHAT YOU MAY THINK, BUT TRUST US.... THEY WORK!

 

1. Leave Heating On A Lower Constant Temperature


Many of us do it, we leave the heating off all day to save money on heating bills, and then turn the heating on full blast when we get in, or have it on a timer for an hour before we get home. Despite thinking having the heating turned on all day may sound silly, if you leave your thermostat on a lower, constant temparate, this will actually use less energy than trying to heat the whole house up after it has been left cold all day while you're at work. Try leaving your heating on constant at 16 degrees celsius.

Doing this will also help combat CONDENSATION & MOULD. Condensation is formed when warm air meets cold air, so sudden fluctuating temperatures will create this conflict therefore leading to condensation being formed. This is most likely to form around doors and windows, the coldest points in the property, so this is a key factor in combating those annoying black spots that you recognise on your external walls.

 

2. Dry Clothes In One Room Only


Some of us are not blessed with private outdoor spaces. This combined with the unpredictable British weather will ultimately mean there is no avoiding drying clothes inside your home. 

This is a huge factor in causing condensation mould as the clothes line of washing will contain several pints of water. Imagine this evaporating and floating around your home... 

Although it is too cold to leave all the windows and doors open in the winter, the best thing to do is place your drying rack in one room you do not need to use all the time, such as a bathroom or spare bedroom, open the window onto vent and keep the door closed. This will allow clothes to dry, and a huge amount of moisture to escape!

 

3. Wipe Windows and Sill


Ever see condensation or wetness on the inside of your windows or on internal window sills? Be sure to wipe the moisture away daily to reduce the amount of moisture gathering around windows and external walls. This is not to be confused with condensation between the panes which is a sign of window seals failing. 

 

4. Install Trickle Vents To Window

 

Many properties in the UK will now have UPVc windows. If you do not already have them, trickle vents can be easily be installed by a window company or maintenance company. These vents when left open will let moisture that would naturally set up camp on your window and window sill, escape outside without letting the cold air in. A fairly inexpensive way to improve the property's ventilation!

 

5. Condensation Traps

 

Condensation traps are small plastic boxes, half filled with silicon balls. They attract moisture in the air and trap this inside the device. You can visibly see the amount of water they have consumed if you buy some transparent ones, and it is a considerable amount! These can be bought from any major supermarket or hardware store for as little as 99p, so definitely worth a try...

 

A few more hints and tips if this all fails...

 

6. Leave Window Open & Door Shut Whilst/After Showering Or Cooking & Use Extractor Fan


The Average family of 4 in a 3 Bedroom semi-detached property will produce 112 PINTS OF WATER EVERY WEEK, just from breathing, cooking, showering, and boiling the kettle! But noone wants to sacrifce a nice warm cuppa on a cold December evening do they?... 

However what you can do realistically is after showering, leave a window open for 15-20 minutes to allow the steam to escape and keep the bathroom door closed. If you do not have an automatic extractor fan, turn this on to speed the process up.

Turn on your extractor fan in the kitchen whilst cooking to remove the majority of steam produced which will travel around your home. Also keep the kitchen door closed to help prevent this damp air migrating to other rooms. To minimise the amount of moisture in the air at the root cause, cover your pots with lids to help prevent steam escaping.

 

7. Do Not Overfill Wardrobes Or Cupboards


It is a common problem trying to fit all of our belongings into a limited amount of wardrobe space, and trying to cram enough food to feed a whole family into your cupboards.

However it is important not to overcrowd your cupboards or wardrobes. Too many clothes packed together, or too many tins of alpa-spaghetti, will suphocate the fresh air in these areas and will not allow it to circulate. This will ultimately cause this air to become damp, and become a problem regarding mould in these rooms. If you are stuffing your storage to the brim, think of having some extra cupboard space installed so you can leave a little breathing space for cool, dry air to circulate.

 

8. Leave 5cm between walls and furniture


For the same reasons as point 7, as silly as it sounds, damp air can get 'trapped' between furniture and walls if there is not enough room for it to circulate. So, don't push your beds and sofas right up to the wall. Leave a few centimetres between them to prevent this trapped, damp air causing mould to form not only on your walls, but on your bed sheets and sofa and scatter cushions! 

 

9. Purchase, Or Ask Your Landlord to Purchase A De-humidifier


Although we do not like to resort to these due to cost, a dehumidifier is an option if all else is failing. This is a plug in, electrical device that will draw moisture from the air. Very effective, but can be pricey!

 

10. Start Again

Purely for the fact we wanted a nice round number 10... if none of this works then we suggest you just knock the whole thing down and start again!

 

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