Simple Steps to Combat Condensation and Damp over the Winter Months
As winter arrives and the temperatures quickly drop, condensation and damp problems can strike the home fast. As the warm air of your home settles on cold surfaces, this causes condensation. This is most noticeable on glass and tiled surfaces, however, condensation can also settle on papered or painted walls, wood or even your clothing. This can result in musty smells and dampness, or possible the growth of black mould, which can have potentially harmful effects.
So what can we do to prevent condensation and damp in our homes during the months of low temperatures?
In the Kitchen
When you are cooking, if you have one, you should always turn your extractor fan on at its top level to extract excess moisture from pots and pans and combat condensation. For extra ventilation, you can also open up the kitchen windows whilst you are cooking. Remember to leave the extractor fan on and the windows open for a while after you have finished cooking as there will still be excess moisture in the air even if you can’t see it.
You should also look to keep the lids on pots and pans whenever possible so that moisture does not escape from within. When the lids are off, although you can’t necessarily see it, moisture is rising from the pans.
You should also close the kitchen door to stop condensation from spreading to other rooms in the house. (price guide for doors here).
In the Bathroom
When you have a shower or a bath, to stop excessive condensation from forming, you should open your bathroom window. If you have bathroom extractor fans, you should also turn these on. In addition to this, you should also look to keep the bathroom door shut as much as possible so that the excess moisture that comes from having a bath or shower will not spread into the rest of your home
The rest of your Home
Always leave a small gap between your furniture and the walls of your homer as this allows air to circulate better. Lingering air trapped between walls and furniture can leave condensation on the walls, resulting in damp, or possibly black mould.
When you dry your clothes, try to dry them outside whenever possible. If it is wet outside, try to dry your clothes in an enclosed room, and open the windows. If you have a tumble dryer, remember to make sure that the ventilation pipe either runs outside your property, or if you have an extractor fan in your utility room, attach the ventilation to this and turn the fan on.
The exterior of your Home
Be sure to check that your guttering and down pipes are functioning properly and carrying water away. Blocked pipes and guttering can cause your external walls to become very wet, with could lead to damp on the inside. You can also make sure that your roof does not have any leaks if you can safely access your loft.
If you are having problems with damp in your home due to a build-up of condensation, it would be advisable to contact a home improvements expert to discuss how you could improve your home and make changes to prevent further problems with damp. You can find good information on this website