Condensation - What is it and how to stop it - Part 2
Sun 12 Mar 2017
Maintaining a reasonable balance between heating, ventilation and insulation can reduce excessive condensation however, it is often the lifestyle of the person living in the property that is a major cause of condensation.
How to avoid condensation problems
Condensed water on windows and sills should be washed off every morning during the 'condensation season'. Clothes should be wroung out in sinks rather than allowed to dry on radiators. Regular cleaning to wash away any mould build up is vital. A fungicidal wash should be used which is appropriate for the purpose. Any redecorating should use a fungicidal paint to help prevent the mould formimg again. Avoid using wallpaper in areas prone to condensation as this will allow moisture and mould to form easily behind the wallpaper.
Use a dehumidifier
It is important to note that a dehumidifier may reduce the problem and help prevent mould build up but it will not solve the cause of the problem. This must also be addressed if a permenant solution is to be found.
Produce less moisture
Always cook with the pan lids on and turn the heat down when the water has boiled
Fill a bath with the cold water first then add the hot water. This will reduce condensation steam by 90%
Never dry laundry on radiators
Extractor fans should be controlled by a humidistat not the light switch
Ventilate as much as possible
Use passive vapour vents if no trickle vents are fitted
Close bathroom and kitchen doors when cooking and bathing
Allow space for air to circulate behind furniture, especially near external walls
Keep all rooms warm enough to avoid condensation with background heating as much as possible
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