Condensation and mould
Condensation in the home usually becomes more of an issue for people in the colder weather. To help guide you through the chillier months, we’ve produced a new ‘Caring for your home and keeping safe during colder weather’ leaflet. Be sure to give it a read through – you might even find an answer to a quiz question or two!
Everyone's home gets condensation at some time — usually when a lot of moisture and steam is being produced. It can occur when you are cooking or bathing or if air is not able to circulate freely. When this damp air comes into contact with cold surfaces, it condenses back to water. Too much condensation in your home encourages mould and mildew growth and unsightly black stains to develop on your walls and in corners.
As an Orbit customer, it is your responsibility to make sure that you are managing condensation and that it does not become a problem and cause damage to the property or your belongings.
Before you contact us about condensation, make sure you do a few simple things to help prevent mould and mildew from growing in your home.
You can also download the advice below in our condensation leaflet.
- Cover pots and pans when cooking.
- Dry clothing outdoors.
- If you use a tumble dryer please ensure it is vented to the outside and if considering buying one, consider a self condensing model.
- If you do have to dry clothes indoors ensure it’s in a well ventilated room such as the bathroom with the fan running to remove the moisture.
- Don’t dry your clothes over radiators or heaters.
- Where your windows have ventilators fitted, make sure they are left open during all seasons.
- Use extractor fans when bathing and cooking, or open a window to ventilate the room.
- Keep fixed air vents and extractor fans clear.
- Allow space for air to circulate around furniture especially against outside walls.
Use your heating correctly
- If possible, keep your heating on a low setting during the day rather than high levels for short periods of time during the morning and evening. This will keep your home warm most of the time, be more economical and avoid extreme changes in temperature.
- If fitted, use the thermostat controlled radiator valves as this will help control the heating in each room.
- DO NOT block radiators with furniture or curtains.
- DO NOT use paraffin or propane gas heaters as they produce large amounts of moisture and are not allowed if you have a tenancy agreement with us.
Remove mould growth
It is quite normal to find your bedroom windows misted up in the mornings. To control it, be sure to wipe down any moisture on your windows and window sills every morning. Don’t be tempted to just paint over mould, it will regrow if it is not treated first!
When painting kitchens and bathrooms you should consider using mould inhibiting paint available from most DIY stores.
Mould on washable surfaces can be wiped down with a fungicidal wash available from most DIY stores. You should always follow the manufacturer’s instructions. Mould can be simply wiped away with a suitable household detergent.
Take a tour of our interactive home to learn more about how you can manage condensation in your home.