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Condensation in your home

Condensation is the moisture caused by everyday living (such as cooking, cleaning and washing) and occurs when warm moist air comes into contact with cooler air, or a cold surface.

Condensation occurs mainly during cold weather, and tends to appear in places where there is poor air circulation. Because you can’t see it, it’s often hard to realise just how much condensation there is in your home.

A graphic showing how much condensation is caused by daily activities

While condensation may not be the only cause of mould in our homes, thankfully it is the easiest to manage. By making a few simple changes, you can drastically reduce the risk of mould forming in your home - taking these small steps now is a lot easier than removing it once it sets in!

We’ve put together a handy infographic that covers some of these easy changes you can make around your home to reduce condensation.

Already have mould in your home?

If you already have mould in your home, try to get it treated as soon as you can. At the first sign of mould, you should:

  • Wipe down your walls and window frames with a fungicidal wash, following the instructions precisely
  • Have your carpets shampooed. If you disturb mould by brushing or vacuum cleaning, you may increase the risk of being affected by the mould
  • After treatment, apply a fungicidal paint directly to the wall to help prevent the mould returning. This should be applied directly to the walls, and not over ordinary paints or wallpaper.

Condensation isn’t the only cause of mould, so if the problem persists you should contact us so that we can carry out an inspection of your home and identify the cause. If you have any questions about condensation or mould, or want to talk to someone about your home, you can find all our contact information here.

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