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Managing condensation in your home

Managing condensation in your home

During the winter months you may find that you have condensation in your home. Simply, condensation is the moisture caused by everyday living and occurs when warm moist air comes into contact with cooler air or a cold surface. This is very common, but left untreated it can cause a number of problems.

Just four people living in a three bedroom property would create 112 pints of moisture a week from just breathing, cooking, showering and boiling the kettle.

Condensation can cause structural damage to your home which can cause wallpaper to peel away, damp patches to appear on walls and streaming windows, as well as causing mould growth.

The two main causes of condensation are a lack of heating and poor ventilation. In cold weather, it is ideal to keep your heating on low as much as possible, even if you are not home.

Here are six simple measures you can take to try and prevent condensation:

  1. When cooking food, boiling the kettle or taking a shower, ensure that your kitchen or bathroom door is kept closed to prevent the moisture in the air spreading into colder rooms, which will cause condensation to form if it touches a cold surface.
  2. When taking a shower or bath, ensure that you turn on your extractor fan to remove the steam and moisture that is created when running warm water in a cold environment. This will help to reduce the amount of condensation that appears on your bathroom windows and walls.
  3. If you don’t have an extractor fan in your bathroom or kitchen, then make sure that you wipe down any cold surfaces after cooking or taking a shower to remove any moisture that may have settled on the surface.
  4. Do not overfill your wardrobes or kitchen cupboards. A lack of ventilation and air moisture trapped in warm overfilled cupboards can cause mould when the air is not able to circulate freely inside. If you notice a musty smell, or have damp feeling clothes, this could be a sign that your cupboard is overfilled.
  5. Where possible, try to dry your clothes outdoors to prevent excess moisture from building up in your property. If you’re unable to dry your clothes outdoors, try to keep them in a bathroom with the door closed and windows open until your clothes are fully dry.
  6. If you have a washing machine or tumble dryer in your property, ensure that it is vented correctly. From just one load of washing, two litres of water is emitted into the air.

Our Winter Toolbox has more advice about how to manage condensation in your home, giving advice on heating, ventilation and the amount of moisture you produce in your home. If you’d like more advice, or to watch our video about managing condensation, you can visit:

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