Condensation and damp

Condensation and damp

A lot of moisture is produced in the air whenever
we cook, run a bath/shower, or dry clothes in our
homes. When this moisture meets a cold surface
it turns into droplets of water called condensation
and, if left, will develop into mould.

Condensation can be caused by issues in your
home such as leaking pipes, blocked or leaking
gutters, or damage to roofs or window frames
which then let in rain.

It’s really important that any issues such as
blocked gutters, leaks and gaps in between
brickwork are reported as soon as possible so we
can carry out the repair and prevent any damp -
report online using the My Account tool at
www.yhn.org.uk and we can arrange the repair
and prevent any problems in your home.

Condensation and damp

Tips to manage condensation in your home:

  • Open window trickle vents
  • Wipe away moisture whenever you see it
  • Use lids on pans when cooking
  • Leave a slight gap between furniture and walls
  • Make sure all rooms are regularly ventilated
  • If you dry clothes indoors, make sure there is good ventilation
  • Leave a slight gap between furniture and walls
  • Make sure extractors fans are switched on and working

Warm air holds more moisture than cold air. Cold air is more likely to deposit droplets of condensation round your home. Heating one room to a high level and leaving other rooms cold can make condensation worse in the unheated rooms, so where possible, it’s better to have a medium-to-low level of heat throughout the house.

We understand that some tips we have given will affect energy in your home, click here to find out more saving energy in your home.

If you think you may have a condensation problem in your home, please let us know so that we can help you. We can also help with any issues you may be having with your heating or ventilation - these two things can have a big impact on condensation.

Report online using the My Account online reporting tool or contact our repairs team.

Watch our tips video here:

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Condensation in your home can lead to staining and mould growth, which can damage wallpaper, wall surfaces, window frames, furniture and clothing.

Need more information?

If you have any questions or concerns about the safety of your building or property, please let us know by emailing buildingsafety@yhn.org.uk or calling 0191 278 8600.

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