Condensation and damp

Condensation and damp

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

This usually happens on cold, outside surfaces and walls and in areas where the air does not flow well. It can damage clothes and furnishings.

Condensation and damp

You can reduce the problem by:

  • Wiping away moisture whenever you see it
  • Keeping a window open if you need to dry clothes indoors
  • Only using a tumble dryer with external ventilation
  • Ensure all extractor fans are operational
  • Keeping all the rooms in your property warm – even by keeping your heating on a low setting you can reduce the amount of moisture in the air
  • Letting air into a room by opening a window or a door
  • Making sure ventilation grills in doors, windows or walls are not locked
  • Not using bottled gas heaters
  • Report all issues as soon as possible, such as blocked guttering, leaks and brickwork pointing.  

For more information, visit our guide to dealing with condensation

Treating mould

Mould, while a common occurrence in host homes, can become harmful if ignored. If mould does form within your home wipe it off immediately using water, then apply a special solution available from most DIY stores.

If you have concerns about mould in your property, you should contact our repairs team.

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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