Property to Rent Liverpool, Letting Agents Liverpool - Housepoint
17/08/2015
Preventing Condensation and Mould in Your Property

This is a very busy time of year for students moving in to their new properties and we want your time in your new home to be as enjoyable as possible. We thought it would be helpful to put together some information about damp and condensation as this is an issue which is very common in student properties. There are some simple steps to take in order to prevent condensation and mould build up.


Please read and absorb the information below as it is the tenants responsibility to ensure it is prevented or dealt with should it arise.


Condensation and Mould
If you create a lot of moisture in the air in your property it will condense on any cold surface and may cause mould or mildew to appear. Modern double glazed windows are too warm to act as condensers, so the water vapour condenses on the next coldest surface. Mould isn’t nice to look at, may not be good for your health and may damage property.


How to remove it
Most supermarkets sell spr-ays that you can use to remove the mould/mildew which tend not to be that expensive and can be used on most surfaces. You can normally just spray it on and leave it to work. Always read the instructions!


How to prevent condensation
In order to prevent condensation you need to reduce the amount of moisture in the air, this can be done in a number of ways:


Drying clothes: Dry your clothes outside—it is far more eco-friendly! If that is not possible, then make sure they are being dried in a well ventilated room, so the moisture has somewhere to go, and are spread out on a drying rack and not directly placed on radiators.


Ventilation: Make sure extractors are turned on when showering, bathing or cooking and left on for at least 15 minutes after you have finished. It will also help to open a window but remember to close it afterwards. Modern windows can be locked slightly open. Even asleep, you exhale 20 ml of water vapour with every breath! Let us know straight away if an extractor stops working, or you have a problem with a window.


Heating: Try and keep the temperature of your house constant rather than going from really warm to really cold; this will help stop the water vapour condensing as the air cools. It is also more economic to keep a steady temperature. Use the radiator thermostats to control a room’s temperature.


Cooking: When cooking, try not to let pans and kettles boil anymore than necessary. Use the extractors and windows.


Storage: Make sure that cupboards and wardrobes aren't over filled and that items are kept a bit away from walls so that air can circulate and prevent cold spots.


The important thing to remember is that moisture always has to go somewhere. So if you are not using extractor fans or regularly opening windows then it will find any other surface to stick to - whether it is the walls or the furniture.