Simple Tips to Keep Your Home Dry
Condensation can cause serious problems in a home, but is simple to control if you know how.
If your windows are constantly misting up, and you find yourself mopping puddles from the sills every day, it can be easy to dismiss it as part of life, and one of those things you have to put up with. This assumption is both untrue and a potentially dangerous.
Condensation is the most common form of damp, and left untreated, can lead to unsightly stains, peeling wallpaper, mound growth and even structural damage.
The good news is there are some simple things you can do to keep condensation to a minimum, from ensuring good ventilation to adding inexpensive tubular heaters around the house.
The number one solution to condensation issues is to improve ventilation. This can be done in a variety of ways. Opening the windows around the house, at least for a few minutes of every day, can make a world of difference, but it does not stop there.
Think about the primary sources of moisture. These are going to be in the kitchen, bathroom and utility room. Make sure these areas are adequately ventilated, and check that the vents are not blocked up. This is particularly important when it comes to the washing machine and tumble dryer. Did you know that in the course of a single wash load, the typical washing machine sends around four pints of water into the air?
Leave a gap
A crowded house is more likely to become damp. This applies to wardrobes jammed full of clothes and to furniture pressed up against walls. Try to make space in all areas of your home so that air has a chance to circulate – you will be amazed by the difference it can make.
Keep the temperature even
The issue with condensation is not the amount of moisture in the atmosphere so much as the changes in temperature. If the temperature is kept even, the ambient humidity will remain level and the water in the air will not condensate and cause a problem. If you have a conservatory, outbuildings or other rooms that are not connected to the mains central heating, a tubular heater is cost effective way to maintain an even temperature all year round.
Attaining an even temperature is one thing, maintaining it is another. Effective insulation doesn’t just keep your house cosy and your fuel costs down, it also protects against condensation by improving the internal temperatures of walls and windows.
If your insulation is not up to scratch, it is worth checking if you are eligible for an insulation grant to help cover the cost.
Flora and fauna
If your home is full of plants and animal life, you might be at greater risk of condensation problems. Plants can produce more moisture than you think, so if you spot damp patches appearing on the walls close to them, it might be time to relocate them outside.
Also, aquaria and fish tanks can be a major source of moisture, so always keep yours covered to minimise the effect.