Condensation affects UK households which are poorly heated in the cold winters. Tiny drops of water appear at the metal window frames or are soaked into the walls. They make your window frames rot and encourage the growth of mould. Mould increases your risk of asthma, allergies and respiratory diseases. It’s time to protect your home from condensation.
What causes condensation?
Condensation occurs when the room is not insulated correctly, so that moisture in the air condenses on cold surfaces, especially window frames and inner walls of the room. You can see this condition easily after shower when the mirror in the bathroom gets steam on it or when you blow air to a mirror which has a lower temperature.
Where does the condition occur most often?
This condition affects more in bathrooms and kitchens, where moisture is produced easily by taking showers and cooking. And cooler wall surfaces inside a room are also very vulnerable when moisture is transferred there easily.
You should pay more attention to the following areas, for example cold surfaced mirrors, single-glazed windows and metal window frames. Poorly heated rooms with cold corners, or walls behind furniture are equally vulnerable. Sometimes you can see the condensation when water drops condense on metal window frames, but at other times, this moisture has been absorbed into the walls and black mould patches appear after a certain period of time. It will create health hazards if you don’t remove them immediately.
How to solve the problem?
Compared to other dampness which is affected by different external factors, you can easily avoid condensation by simply changing your behaviour in your flat.
You cannot avoid moisture from being produced when you take showers in the bathroom or cook in the kitchen. But you should try not to produce excessive moisture, for example try not to dry your clothes inside the flat. If you really need to do so, please turn on the heater and heat up the room correctly. After taking a shower, ventilate the bathroom by opening the window and closing the bathroom door for a moment. But it is not so convenient to open the windows all the time in order to avoid moisture from escaping to other rooms, especially in the winter. To reach a better balance, a good ventilation system for the flat is a good consideration.
You should also check for black mould patches from time to time and remove them with special detergents. During steaming and cooking, try to close the saucepan, use a high power ventilator or an extraction fan. And remember to close the kitchen door during cooking and steaming.
Condensation is less likely when your rooms are not underheated. You can reach this purpose by insulating your rooms and draughtproofing your windows properly. Please remember not to draughtproof the windows in bathrooms and kitchens, instead, use ventilators or extraction fans. To keep your room always a bit warmer is the best way to avoid condensation. Try to maintain the room temperature always above 15 C, even though there is no one at home.
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