Stop condensation

Follow these tips to cut condensation and drive out damp and mould.

Produce less moisture

Some ordinary daily activities produce a lot of moisture very quickly. So:

  • cover pans and don't leave kettles boiling
  • do not use paraffin or portable bottle gas heaters - if you are a council tenant you would be breaking your tenancy agreement if you used things like this
  • dry washing outdoors. If it's raining, put it in the bathroom with the door closed and the window open, or the fan on
  • if you have a tumble dryer put the outlet pipe through an outside wall, not out of a window
Ventilate to remove moisture

You can ventilate your home without making draughts. So:

  • keep a small window ajar, or open a window-ventilator if you have one, when someone is in the room
  • open kitchen and bathroom windows to let steam out - use the extractor fan if you have one
  • close kitchen and bathroom doors when the rooms are in use, even if you have an extractor fan, to stop moisture reaching other rooms
  • don't put too many things in wardrobes and cupboards - it stops the air circulating
  • if you replace your windows, make sure they have ventilators - you need our permission to put in new windows
  • don't block ventilators or chimneys

Find out more about energy efficiency (City council website)

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