Thankfully there are a number of simple techniques you can try yourself to stop condensation developing into a problem in your property. Read on to see our list of recommended FREE DIY tips to combat condensation.
Unfortunately, serious condensation problems may be resistant to these simple fixes. If that is the case then you may wish to visit our condensation solutions web page to learn what other solutions you can put in place to stop condensation.
Condensation repeatedly appearing on walls and ceilings is often a sign that the situation will soon deteriorate to the point where you may begin to see:
This is commonly accompanied by a lingering damp and musty smell and may even develop into the growth of black mould on the surface. Our top tips below will help you to combat condensation appearing on your walls and ceilings.
It is essential you have adequate air ventilation so the moisture in the air can escape outside and does not build up inside your home. With modern occupancy styles such as double glazing it is harder for air to move freely in and out of your property. Therefore it is recommended that you keep your windows open as much as possible to allow additional airflow into the building, especially when cooking, showering and drying clothes.
Make sure your property’s airways are clear to allow airflow through your home. Clearing airways will prevent moisture laden air from being trapped in rooms and help prevent moisture from condensing on your walls. Cleaning air bricks with a bottle brush once a year will greatly improve sub-floor ventilation and reduce the possibility of wood rotting fungal decay like dry rot and wet rot.
If possible, leave a small gap of at least 100mm between your walls and furniture to allow for the air to circulate. If air lingers and stagnates it can lead to perfect conditions for black spot mould to form.
If possible dry your clothes outside. If this is not possible put them in an enclosed room with the window open.
Drying clothes on radiators can add litres of extra moisture in your home. If there is no ventilation, the moist air will eventually escape into the property and condense on cold surfaces such as walls and ceilings. Also if you have a tumble dryer make sure that the ventilation pipe runs outside your home as can also be a common cause of condensation problems.
Kitchens and bathrooms are notorious for being the most humid rooms in a house. Unavoidable daily activities such as showering, boiling water and cooking release warm, moist air into the room which if not dealt with properly has the potential to cause excess moisture problems that can lead onto issues such as black mould.
The following steps are particularly useful for combating condensation in these rooms.
Opening the window will enable hot air to escape rather than settling on windows and other cold surfaces. If you are having a bath or shower then it is recommended that you keep a window open for 20 minutes after in order to allow moisture laden air to clear.
In the kitchen you should also keep the kitchen door closed so that the steam cannot escape into other rooms.
If you notice water droplets have collected on surfaces such as windows or tiles then wipe down the surfaces with an absorbent cloth which can be rung out in the sink. This prevents the buildup of excess moisture in the room.
Wipe down cold surfaces after a shower or bath. This will remove any excess moisture that has settled on cold surfaces.
Although not a free DIY solution to stop condensation, you might also find it useful to read about our heat recovery ventilation system.
It is possible that moisture may be entering your home through damaged guttering and downpipes causing the external wall to become wet and cold. Therefore it is important to stop leaks in your roof and make sure guttering is working properly and not damaged or blocked. This could also cause other structural issues such as penetrating damp and wet rot and dry rot.
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If you have attempted to follow our recommendations above yet your property is still displaying the signs and symptoms of excessive condensation then it is recommended that you should discuss the problem with one of our condensation specialists.
Peter Cox is the market leader in the industry with over 65 years experience helping our customers tackle their condensation problems. Our fully trained and qualified surveyors are equipped with a variety of condensation solutions to help restore your property to its natural fresh and dry state. Simply click the modules below to find out more about how we can help you.
If you have tried the above tips and hints yet still find that your home is plagued by condensation and damp problems then you will probably require the services of property preservation professionals. For homeowners and landlords you may wish to discuss arranging for one of our expert surveyors to attend your home and conduct a condensation and damp survey to get to the bottom of the problem. Contact us on 0800 633 5712 or complete the book a survey form below and we will get back to you.
We would advise that if you are renting or otherwise do not own the property then you should contact your landlord or local housing authority.
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