Is your home damp? Damp can cause mould and make wooden window frames rot. Some damp in a damp house is caused by condensation and this article explains what you can do to reduce condensation, stop damp and prevent mold in your home. The good news is that condensation is quickly, cheaply and easily cured and may eliminate the need for more expensive remedial works.
All air contains water vapour. The warmer the air is, the more it can potentially hold. But when warm, moist air comes in contact with a cold surface, the moisture in the air condenses, forming droplets of water. This is known as condensation.
If you notice that your house has damp or mould growth, first check to see if the problem is not something more serious, for example a leaking pipe, overflow or roof. Are the gutters clear or is the property suffering from rising damp?
What can be done to prevent and cure condensation?
The two simplest ways to prevent condensation are to produce less moisture and to ventilate the house adequately. To reduce moisture production, try covering pans whilst cooking, drying clothes outside as opposed to on radiators and make sure tumbledryers vent externally, unless they are of a self-condensing variety.
It is also important to ventilate the house adequately. Whilst in the kitchen or bathroom use an extractor fan or open a window. Closing the door will prevent the moisture getting to the rest of the home. Most condensation is created in these rooms, either through boiling water or showers and baths. Reducing the amount of condensation in your kitchen and bathroom will make a big diffenrence to the level of moisture in the house overall. Smaller gains can also be made by alternative means. It is also advisable to ventilate cupboards and wardrobes. Not overfilling and leaving a gap to the wall with prevent the build up of condensation. Keeping your central heating system well serviced and keeping the property at a reasonable temperature will also help to prevent condensation.
If condensation is causing a problem in your house there are steps you can take. Ensure that surfaces where condensation forms are kept clean and dry. This will help prevent the growth of condensation mould. If the problem becomes particularly bad, it may be worth purchasing a de-humidifier for badly affected rooms.
Condensation is a relatively cheap and easy problem to solve and can help prevent damp in the longer term. A little bit of foresight whilst bathing or cooking could save you money in the long run.