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Tackling damp and condensation

Damp in your home can cause mould to grow, ruining your clothes, furniture and decorations. Damp can be caused by:

  • Rising Damp - Faulty damp proof course
  • Water Penetration - broken guttering, missing roof tiles, defective windows etc
  • Condensation - lack of air movement within a property. This is the main cause of damp within dwellings in the UK.

Condensation occurs when warm, moist air comes into contact with a cold surface such as a window or outisde wall, turning it into water. Signs of condensation will often be found on:

  1. External walls that get little sunlight making them cold
  2. In the outer corners of walls
  3. Near cold pipes
  4. Toilet cisterns
  5. Cupboards
  6. Behind wardrobes and beds
  7. Areas of the home which have little or no air movement.

During the course of every day and night we all put moisture into the atmosphere within our homes, cooking, bathing, showering, making hot drinks, and even breathing all contribute to this

The table shows how much extra water you add to the air inside your home on a daily basis -

Two people at home

2 pints

One bath or shower

2 pints

Drying clothes indoors

9 pints

Cooking or using the kettle

6 pints

Washing dishes

2 pints


Other causes of damp include leaking appliances such as faulty pipe work to baths, sinks, toilets and central heating pipes.

Covering cooking pans when cooking can help to reduce the amount of steam/water vapour released in to your kitchen.

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