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Dealing with damp and condensation at home

Dealing with damp and condensation at home
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  • Reduce the amount of moisture you create. This means cooking with lids on pans, taking shorter showers, and hanging your washing outside to dry. If you have to dry your clothes indoors, use a tumble dryer with a vented hose or a dehumidifier.
  • Increase ventilation. This means opening windows and doors regularly, especially after showering or bathing, and using extractor fans in the kitchen and bathroom. You can also install trickle vents in your windows to allow for a small amount of ventilation all the time.
  • Improve insulation. Good insulation will help to keep your home warmer, which will reduce the amount of condensation that forms. You can improve the insulation in your home by adding loft insulation, cavity wall insulation, or draught-proofing.
  • Fix any leaks. If you have any leaks in your home, such as a leaky roof or pipe, get them fixed as soon as possible. Leaks will cause damp and condensation, and can also lead to more serious problems such as structural damage.
  • Use a dehumidifier. A dehumidifier can help to remove excess moisture from the air, which can help to prevent condensation and mould growth.
  • Clean regularly. Wipe down windows and surfaces regularly to remove any moisture that has condensed. You should also clean mould growth as soon as you see it, using a fungicidal cleaner.

If you have tried all of these tips and you are still having problems with damp and condensation, you may need to call in a professional. A damp specialist will be able to identify the cause of the problem and recommend the best course of action.

Here are some additional tips to help you prevent damp and condensation:

  • Keep your home well-heated, especially during the winter months.
  • Don’t overcrowd your home with furniture and belongings. This will reduce the amount of air circulation and make it more likely for condensation to form.
  • Air-condition your home during hot and humid weather.
  • Don’t dry clothes on radiators or inside the tumble dryer if the room is not well-ventilated.
  • Keep your home clean and tidy. This will help to prevent mould growth.

By following these tips, you can help to keep your home free of damp and condensation. This will improve your health and comfort, and also help to protect your home from damage.

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