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Managing condensation

Condensation – small droplets of water on cold surfaces – can be caused by damp getting into a house. But it’s usually caused by normal everyday life – cooking, cleaning and washing. Together Housing Repairs Team Coordinator, Ricky Richardson, says to manage condensation there are 3 things you need to look at – your heating, ventilation and the amount of moisture you produce in the home.

In the winter, Ricky recommends keeping your heating on at a low temperature: “When you’re out, set the thermostat to about 17 degrees. This will help stop condensation. When you’re in, you can turn it up to around 21 degrees – whatever is comfortable for you. But having it too high – above 22 degrees – can actually cause condensation when the temperature drops.”

Getting fresh air into your home is another important way of managing condensation says Ricky. “Make sure you open your windows for say half an hour in the morning and half an hour at tea-time and don’t block wall vents with furniture. Fresh air is a really good way of stopping black mould developing.”

To get rid of black spots, Ricky recommends using a proper mould remover. Soap and water or bleach can actually cause the mould to spread and make the problem worse.

Ricky says there are other things you can do to reduce the amount of moisture you produce and manage condensation. “Use extractor fans in kitchens and bathrooms, put lids on pans, don’t dry clothes on radiators and run the cold bath tap first – these all help reduce the amount of moisture you put into the air in your home.”

Your Tenancy Winter Toolkit Managing condensation