Is it condensation or mould?

18th February 2019

 

How to avoid mould

Identify problem areas in your home and correct them.

Keep furniture at least 50mm away from the walls and if possible put furniture against internal walls.

Dry wet areas immediately. Prevent moisture with proper ventilation and increase air flow.

Be vigilant, if you see an area of mould developing clean it immediately using the appropriate products and care.

To kill and remove mould already in your home, wipe down the area using a fungicidal spray.

If you believe that water is getting into the property due to a leak, a fault in the gutters or a flaw in the property, contact a plumber or general builder.

 

How to avoid condensation

You will need to take proper steps to deal with the condensation, but meanwhile there are some measures you can take right.

Wipe down the windows and sills every morning, wring out the cloth rather than drying it on a radiator.

If you have a washing machine or tumble dryer in your property, ensure that it is vented correctly, where possible, try to dry clothes outdoors. From just one load of washing two liters of water is emitted into the air.

When cooking, boiling a kettle, taking a shower or bath, ensure that your kitchen or bathroom door are kept closed to prevent steam going into colder rooms which will cause condensation to form.

When cooking ensure that you cover your pans with a lid to reduce moisture. Also ensure that you have opened a window or you are using an extractor fan if you have one fitted. Don’t turn off the extractor fan or close the window as soon as you finish cooking - leave it open for 15-20 minutes afterwards to clear the air.

Similar to when cooking in the kitchen, when you are taking a shower or a bath ensure that you turn on an extractor fan or open a window to get rid of the steam that is created when running warm water in a cold environment. This will help reduce the amount of condensation that appears on your bathroom windows but won’t eliminate the problem. Leave the window open or extractor fan on for at least 15-20minutes afterwards to clear the air.

If you use a room on a regular basis, such as a living room, open a window slightly to improve the ventilation in the room. Breathing is a major cause of condensation so this will help to improve the ventilation in your property.

Many families have house pets and plants which produce moisture. Make sure you cover fish tanks and if you are suffering from excess condensation look to move your plants outdoors.

Do not overfill your bedroom wardrobes and kitchen cupboards. With lack of ventilation and trapped warm air your overfilled cupboards are a breeding ground for mould as the air is not able to circulate freely inside.

For the same reason as above, make sure that your furniture is at least 50mm away from the surrounding walls so that air can move around the property. Also try to put wardrobes against internal walls in your bedroom which will be less cold than external walls.

Ensuring an adequate amount of heating in your property will improve the internal temperature of surfaces in the house and reduce the likelihood of condensation.

Keep your heating on a low setting all day rather than turning it on for a boost of heat, it may even work out cheaper on the fuel bill.