Condensation is caused when excess warm moisture in the air (steam or water vapour) meets a cold surface and turns into water. This can cause patches of mould to form. Everyday activities cause condensation, such as cooking, showering/bathing and drying clothes indoors. You can take some simple steps to reduce condensation, helping to prevent damp and mould.
Preventing condensation and mould
- Open windows when cooking, showering, bathing and washing clothes and keep them open for at least 15 minutes afterward, keeping the door to the room shut.
- Ventilate your home and dry your clothes outdoors when possible. If not possible, dry your clothes next to an open window.
- Heat your home at a constant temperature – around 21°c for living areas and 18°C for bedrooms.
- Keep your heating on for longer at a lower temperature rather than having shorter bursts of a high heat.
For more detailed help to how to tackle condensation in your home check out the advice below.
There is no quick fix for condensation and mould. Before reporting either of these please make sure you have read the above advice. You should follow the advice for several weeks before contacting us. If there is no improvement please contact us. You can report a repair by logging into My West Kent or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org