Condensation

Follow these tips to cut condensation and drive out damp and mould.

Produce less moisture

Some ordinary daily activities produce a lot of moisture very quickly. So:

  • Cover pans and don’t leave kettles boiling.
  • Do not use paraffin or portable bottle gas heaters – you would be breaking your tenancy agreement if you used things like this.
  • Dry washing outdoors. If it’s raining, put it in a room with a fan on, like the bathroom or kitchen, and close the door.
  • If you have a tumble dryer put the outlet pipe through an outside wall using a fixed dryer vent kit, not out of a window.

Ventilate to remove moisture

You can ventilate your home without making draughts. So:

  • Keep a small window ajar, or open a window-ventilator if you have one, when someone is in the room.
  • In the morning open a window at the front of the property and one at the back to create a draught and remove the moisture built up during the night and from washing/showering in the morning.
  • Close kitchen and bathroom doors when the rooms are in use, even if you have an extractor fan, to stop moisture reaching other rooms.
  • Don’t put too many things in wardrobes and cupboards – it stops the air circulating.
  • If you replace your windows, make sure they have ventilators – you need our permission to put in new windows.
  • Don’t block ventilators or chimneys.

Insulate, draught proof and heat your home

Keep your home warm, and help cut fuel bills. When the whole home is warmer, condensation is less likely. So:

  • Insulate your loft – but don’t block the openings or under the eaves.
  • In cold weather, keep the heating on low all day – even when there’s no one at home.
  • Draught-proof windows and doors – but get rid of mould and condensation first. Don’t draught-proof bathrooms, kitchens or rooms with a cooker or gas fire.

For more information read this leaflet we produced – WCHG Condensation A4 Leaflet (PDF)